Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Not sure where Hudson gets all the energy, but since my last visit he himself have adopted two kids. Here is Terrence who we met last year - he was living with his vulnerable mother at the hospital because her mother was ill. Now he is helping at the farm with Agatha and Hudson. He is being supported in school and was number 8 out of 100 kids in testing for second grade! Hudson also adopted a girl named Blessing who is 6 years old and living at their house.
They had a good year for pigs and here are the new kids in town! 2 sows gave birth to 11 piglets! He will raise them up, keep 3 sows for further breeding, hope to buy a male for getting different genes in his breed. They have 3 sow now, ate the lone male and sold another female. One of the 3 sows had babies that did not survive so they will also sell her. If things keep going well, they hope to build another 4 stalls. Besides all the bacon these guys provide, the poop has been an excellent fertilizer for the fields, saving costs there, and also used to mature the fish ponds.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Today I was able to meet up with Gabriel, Irene, and Davies who have been trained over the years by physical and massage therapist and have started a small business, Samuchinwe Massage and Physiotherapy Group. They are seeing about 40 patients a quarter, usually at their home. Through kind donations from Africa Hope Mission, we were able to professionalize their look a little more! I met a client of theirs earlier in the day who had back of the head and neck pain. He had never had a massage in his entire life and at first thought Gabriel was going to "Pop my head off!" But after he was done the pain was gone and he said he felt "angelic." They also described a patient we saw in the fall for their practical exam, Jeremiah, who had a severe stroke when we saw them in the fall. Though they tried to encourage him to go seek further medical attention, the family never did and he sadly passed away recently. So goes life in Zambia....sad.
Back in Samfya to check on the projects Africa Hope Mission is working with. Just arrived yesterday. The above picture is a house I am building to house teams, Mark is on the right. It has awesome views of Lake Bangweulu. It will have 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and a big great room. It is moving fast!
Things are continuing to progress in Zambia in general. The town of Samfya has a new grocery store with more in it. There are many more cars, new things happening all the time. The rural area though continue to struggle.