African Student Association Night!

Today I attended the African Student Association Night and it was great! Lessons learned (and re-learned) tonight:

1) Things don’t happen “by the clock” in Africa 🙂 The show was supposed to be from 7-9pm, but started at 7:30 and ended about 9:45! SO – we need to continue to remind ourselves to be patient and go with the flow during our program to Zambia

2) Africans are easy going, friendly and fun loving! There were students from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Zambia, Eritrea, and I am sure probably a few other countries: but the common theme I noticed was that everyone smiles, is friendly and easy going 🙂

3) “You know you are an African….”jokes! And what I learned from these jokes as well as from some of the stories shared was that family is very important to Africans, that (I guess in some countries at least) eat rice “for breakfast, lunch and dinner”, that bartering happens commonly, and that like in India in my childhood I listened to many stories each of which had a “moral”, so too African kids grow up with stories with morals told by their parents and grandparents! In fact one Liberian family’s mother was in charge of the food for the event!

4) Food: Well – it was from a few different countries (e.g. Kenyan samosas, and Eritrean rice and injera with lentils), but there was plenty of vegetarian fare like rice, cabbage and greens and fried plantains which were sweetish (and delicious), and “ginger juice”, but the staple of Zambia “nshima” was not there

All in all this was a great event and an excellent way to learn about the different cultures in Africa as well as to see how the students from the different African countries have a great camaraderie!

Here are some photos:

First: Anyea and me at the ASA Night

Then: The vegetarian food and ginger juice

Finally: The “fashion show”! 

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It’s Getting Real!

So we had our second class meeting yesterday and it seemed like a whirlwind of information! But now it is starting to feel REAL! We are discussing specific activities for our stay in Lusaka and getting to the final forms due. May 17th is going to be upon us before we know it!!

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Inaugural SLHS in Zambia class! Only one student could not be there due to illness 😦

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Group Meeting 2

Tonight we had our second class meeting! Things are slowly coming together!! Last week and this week we have had communications with Zambian partners regarding some of the activities and clinics we want to participate in and the first inkling of an itinerary is starting to take shape! With this also came new forms from our primary community partner Beit Cure Hospital!

We had a LOT of information to cover in class today, but it was great. The book discussion and book reports on “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” went well and I am so glad it was read as part of this class because it appears to have impacted the students in exactly the right way. So I think we are off to a good start!! Next meeting on April 24! And so much to do and prepare each day between now and then!