Today was the first day this trip that we were able to sleep in! And unfortunately we found out later that we could have been more useful if we had not slept in…..read on.
With a departure time of 10:30am we had a leisurely morning and I used it to catch up a bit with my journaling. We stopped for gas…..
and then went to the Lusaka National Museum – a modest little museum, which appears to have expanded since we were here last year because there is now a gift shop and snack bar inside!
And a piece of art with this caption…..wish more of the world would think this way!
We wandered around looking at the exhibits until noon and I used the time to chat with William (our driver) and get to know him better, learning about his family and the hardships he has gone through to get where he is today.
Back on the bus to get to Special Hope Network’s Resource Center where they were all having lunch. It really is great to see how all the staff and children there are like one big family and get a great meal all together at lunchtime!! While they finished lunch we set up our equipment and then started the hearing screenings. We screened 12 children and 10 of the Zambian staff members, and some students got to play and interact with the kids during outside play and circle time. And then we found out that there are actually more than 30 children who attend services at the Resource Center, but many of them come from 8:30-11:30 and then leave! What a shame! We could have gone there in the morning and screened them all instead of sleeping in – if only we had known!!
After the screenings we participated in their staff meeting from 2:30-3:30. It was great to see some of the Zambian staff I have know from 2012 (Diana) and 2013 (Milika, Goodson, Dennis, Doreen, Lois, etc.) as well as meet several newer staff members. SHN is expanding!! They now have 18 Zambian staff members!!! We were sad to not have Eric Nelson and Beth Bailey at the meeting as we have in past years, but there are some health problems that needed to be taken care of and they could not be here – we missed them, although it was great to see their kids Sam, Molly and Maggy. Everyone introduced himself or herself and they asked us to provide some information about the ear and asked a lot of good questions! Then it was time for group pictures and saying goodbyes. Since my first visit to the Garden compound in 2012, I can easily say that this is one of the organizations that has touched me the most and I continue to be amazed and inspired by their work with the children. It is our distinct privilege to be associated with them and have the opportunity to work with them.
We had an early pow-wow since we finished the day early. Then off to Manda Hill mall for dinner and hopefully the final grocery shopping of this trip!