Our last day in Zambia – for this trip, but we have so much to look forward to for next year!!!! Last breakfast at the Palmwood Lodge: we ended up having a treat as they had crepes with honey and watermelon! Most previous breakfasts had included eggs and toast!
We also noticed weaver bird nests on the tree right outside our room at the lodge (what poor observers we have been the past 9 days!)
Palmwood staff who helped us:
We missed Linda who checked us in when we arrived at midnight and for the next few days, and the chef who cooked most of our meals at the lodge.
Today was the first cloudy day we had during our whole time in Zambia! We have had beautiful blue skies and sunshine every day so far!
Chisomo picked us up at 9:30 am because Alfred has clinic on Thursdays. YES! We were able to sleep in on our last day here! Our first stop was at the Pediatric Center for Excellence (PCOE) which is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This center caters to children from birth to 18 who are either HIV positive or who were born to a mother who is HIV positive, but are themselves negative. They provide free care, counseling and medications as well as specialty services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy that are not available much anywhere else in the country. We walked through their developmental intervention clinic where the therapies are provided, their counseling areas, their enrollment area etc. We met with the Director of the Center Dr. Kankasa who is a pediatrician. It is a very well maintained facility, as long as they can maintain the CDC funding!
And the center was officially opened by Hillary Clinton!
We then walked across to the Community Based Intervention Association (CBIA) which offers physical therapy services as well as training in PT to parents and teachers, and also provides outreach services in rural areas.
Their area was also well-equipped and maintained.
Funny street sign: “robots” refers to the red traffic light!
That was the end of the work for the morning – a short day!! We then went to Kamwala Shopping Center to buy “chitenge” fabric which is a local Zambian fabric and outfit. The ladies wear the fabric in bright colors and designs around their waists, and for special occasions they may wear a chitenge suit which has a matching top. This was quite an experience!!! We entered the small market into another world of very narrow alleys with tiny shops selling all kinds of things ranging from produce to shoes to fabric! Reminded me very much of the Mysore market in India!!
Shops on the street
Then we drove past the state house which is the residence of the President of Zambia Michael Sata – his picture is prominent in many places in town – in all government buildings which included UTH buildings as well as the schools we visited yesterday etc. etc.
Nice roundabout – there are many in the city and the fish eagle here is the national bird of Zambia.
We stopped for our last lunch with Chisomo at a Lebanese restaurant called Mezza.
Chisomo and me at lunch:
A very large order of fries! We ordered 2 and got 2 giant bowls of them!!
Mezza: the Lebanese restaurant:
Back at the hotel: Jenn wearing her chitenge!
Jenn’s last run at the hotel:
My last blog from the hotel – to be posted from the airport hopefully.
We checked out of the hotel and met with Alfred and the ENT surgeon Dr. Uta Froeschl for our final dinner and planning meeting. We had a good dinner as well as some time talking about plans for next year’s trip! Given all that we have seen and discussed, there is SO MUCH to do, but we were all in agreement that we should keep the first trip simple and manageable so that it is a success and then take steps to keep improving each year. So now our travels come to an end but the serious planning begins. We are at the airport in Lusaka, but when we return: First step: proposal to the study abroad office to get the course approved for next year. Although the travels are ending we hope to keep updating the blog as needed as we take the next steps in getting the course planned and set up for next year. Stay tuned!!!