Zambia's Children

Monday, August 15, 2005

Magical Zambia

There are many ways of exploring Zambia. It can be almost a 'holiday of a lifetime' with guarantee. The visitor can stay in luxurious lodges, which are hidden away in the wilderness. With certainty one can find this country is the 'Gem of Africa'. In the remote areas there is the traditional way of life to watch. Women are still pounding the home grown maize. The chitenge is the traditional cloth the babies are wrapped up with to keep them safe on Mum's back. If there is a river, one can find the men fishing from their dugout canoes. Children are herding the cattle. Some might be lucky to be able to watch colourful ceremonies for various reasons.

Then there are the western traditions slowly moving in as well. It can be seen in many places and not only in the big cities but also in some of the remote villages. Even the westernisation is creeping up, time-keeping can be a problem. Telecomunication is not always available when you need it, buses don't always have a time table - they just go when they are full.

The Zambian People are very friendly. It is of great importance to greet one another the right way, especially in remote areas, where it can be very complex and depending on the age, sex and the relationship to the person. It took me a while to get used to younger people bob or kneel when greeting. Children will most of the time wave and they will be more then happy if they are getting waved back to.

It is easy to get tempted to give away clothes, money or other items. A better way of helping is to contact one of the charities or development agencies.

Beside the game parks there are beautiful lakes, rivers and mountain ranges to see. With the right preparation, your trip to Zambia can definitely be "THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME".

Monday, August 08, 2005

Chisimba Falls near Kasama

photos taken by Anja E. Baker June 2005

Chisimba Falls near Kasama

one of many beautiful waterfalls of Zambia

These are some of our photos taken at Chisimba Falls about 35 km out of Kasama, Zambia. Our many thanks are going to Father Kennedy Seketa from the Archdiocese of Kasama, who was not only helping us to find out the needs in the areas of Health and OVCs, but also did show us some of the beautiful spots Zambia has to offer.
Thank you Father Kennedy and the many friendly people of Zambia, the people of Lifespring Farms, Isubilo Resource Centre, Zamaid, and Zambian Childcare and Adoption Society.
We look forward to our next visit and hope we will be able to do our bit towards the self-sufficiency for Zambia.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Visiting Zambia

There is never enough time to see the many facets of Zambia, one of Africa's diamonds. It is advisable to learn a little about the country and its people who are basically friendly and helpful. Still, because of its poverty level Zambia is not for the faint-hearted. Streetkids are more then common. Beggers one can't avoid, especially in the bigger cities. If you like to see the country and meet the "ordinary" people use buses and train. Transport with the country buses, similar like Greyhound, (eg.: Lusaka to Ndola) is acceptable if you don't mind to be squashed into a tight seat in a full bus with luggage and sometimes chicken in cages in the walkway. Busses leave usually twice early morning and then whenever full. There are no timetables. Travelling with the train can be interesting in the second class but is usually very slow, Kapiri Mposhi to Kasama takes 14 hours and it feels like the train has got square wheels. Tickets are cheap, Lusaka to Ndola with the bus costs about $10 each. Going by bus it is advisable to have a good look at the bus before boarding, they do brake down sometimes, windows are sometimes missing. It is still the best way to get around on a low budget. Taxis are good for short distances, but it is necessary to discuss the fare before you or your luggage is in the car, which not always looks like a Taxi. Beware of the too helpfull person, keep your hands on your posessions. Zambia is a poverty strikken country. To the Zambian every visitor is rich. No matter what the situation is, most of the people are friendly and have always a smile. Another visit to Zambia is always on my mind and will happen ASAP. Give it a go and visit Zambia and you will understand.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Shadow and Light

Africa is experiencing a man made "Tsunami" every day without getting the publicity through the media. One in every five children in Zambia wont reach age five. Many families living on under $ 2 US a day, a lot of them even under $ 1 US a day. Many Charities aren't able to support where and how it is needed. Governments on both ends are making it difficult for the 'ordinary' humanitarian aid worker to deliver the support. Red tape and costs to get donations to the needy are to high for the average person. Without fundraising there is not much what can be done. Poverty and disease are raging through Africa and the ost of the Western World is watching. People from around the world are going on Safaris throughout Africa and spending thousands of dollars to see the "exitements" of the African bush. Where is all of this money going? I do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, but when do we get there?