{Post by the husband} This is Zambia: World Vision’s Work in Mwinilunga

January 5, 2012 § 7 Comments

Ever since I arrived in Zambia 3 months ago, I have been eagerly awaiting my opportunity to visit the work that we (World Vision) do in the field. It can be easy to lose touch with the actual people we are serving when I spend most of my time in the office crunching numbers. Thus, I knew that this time would open my eyes to appreciate how God is using World Vision to serve people in Zambia. I was not disappointed.

We started off at 0930 hours. Our trip included some serious bush roads, and we put on about 250 km in total. The terrain we covered was some of the most beautiful I have seen in Zambia – I saw rolling green hills, freshly planted fields, and endless forests of trees.  It was a feast for the eyes.

Bush Roads

Riversage and Gloria Standing Next to Our Trusty LandCruiser

Our first stops were to visit two basic schools that World Vision is constructing for the Mudanyama residents (Mudanyama school and Matonchi pre-school).

New Mudanyama School

New Mudanyama School - View from Outside

New Matonchi Pre-school

Sitting with Matonchi Pre-schoolers

The beautiful new schools are replacing the prior dilapidated structures. I was very impressed with the construction in both instances. Our next stop was to visit some fish ponds that World Vision has built for the Matonchi village; World Vision also trains the villagers in fish farming techniques. The villagers were very proud to show off their ponds filled with fingerlings which they consume and also use to help other villages start their own fish ponds.

Matonchi Fish Ponds

Ben Leading the Matonchi Villagers Back to the Road

We left the Matonchi village and on the way to our next stop, we visited Katuyola Bore-hole where other villagers have been given access to clean water.

Katuyola Borehole

Our next stop was to visit Minyanya, where we greeted villagers who practice fish farming, vegetable farming, and goat raising. I was very impressed with their motto: “Do not eat to eat, but eat to work. If you do not like to work, you must not eat. Work at least 4 hours for each meal”.  Our ADP (area development program) manager Riversage did an impressive job interacting with them and encouraging them to continue working hard. After touring their site, we were shown some amazing hospitality as a simple village family served us some delicious village chicken and nshima. It is very humbling to be served such nice food by these people, and I was very touched by the gesture. We set off to visit some sponsor children in Lumwana West who had received special gifts from their sponsors. We drove a couple of hundred km’s and visited 4 children (2 more we tried to visit were away farming with their families as it is the rainy season now). I was very moved to meet these sponsor children, all whom had received correspondence form their sponsors and who appeared to be doing well.

Martin Teaching Sponsor Child to Count

Sitting in the Hut where Men Discuss Important Issues

We returned home very exhausted and yet satisfied at 1900 hours. I drove the entire trip – Riversage said that I can stay on as an ADP driver because I was “very stable” in my driving. It was encouraging to see the good work that our staff is doing and it was very exciting to meet some of the people we are serving. Everyone we met was very thankful for how World Vision is supporting them in various ways. And for me, this trip was exactly what I needed to give me fresh encouragement for joyfully serving at World Vision.

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