June 11, 2006
Zambia Trip - Entry 7
From Steven Botkin, sent Saturday, June 10, 2006 8:01 AM
Lusaka Day Three
Last night we took our first bus ride in Lusaka, squeezing into a VW sized bus with many others returning home from work.
In the morning we went back to the University to meet several professors, the director of the gender studies department and a professor of sociology. We happened to be there at the dedication of a new HIV testing clinic, donated by a group from southern India, so we got to meet the vice-chancellor and assistant dean. Everyone expressed great interest in our work and the possibility of having us come back to work with undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty. They will also help us begin to make connections with some of the other international NGOs in Zambia.
We then met up with our friend and colleague Reverend Abednego Mambwe who we had met a few months ago when he was visiting the U.S. He is founder and director of New Vision For Africa, bringing donated computers to Zambian schools. We had a delightful visit at his home, meeting his family and seeing his office and warehouse. Our connection with him holds great prospects for the future.
This afternoon our the host of the home where we are staying is driving us out of Lusaka to his village. We are looking forward to seeing more of Zambia.
Message from Abednego:
Having met the two friends in the US has been a great delight and joy to my heart, and that now that they are with me in Zambia I want to participate even though I have a sister on her deathbed. Please continue to think about them, and also assistance in any way while they are with me in Zambia. Thank you very much.
Message from Abel, young brother to Abednego:
It is great to meet brother Steven and Brother James from America. Their brotherhood and smiles pleases my heart. I felt very glad to have met the two brothers. May the Lord be with them as they visit Zambia. It is my hope and prayer that this is the beginning of our great brotherhood. Thank you.
Here are the Zambia Day 7 photos
Posted by Russell at June 11, 2006 07:45 PM