Hello from Team Footprint in Lusaka, Zambia. All of our flights departed and arrived smoothly and on time, we were greeted by our homestay family and our guide, Joshua at Lusaka National Airport.
We are staying at Twikatane Farm, a sausage farm on the outskirts of Lusaka. Although Twikatane itself has a beautiful grounds and nice buildings with filtered water, it is surrounded by neighborhoods of dirt roads, cement houses with alimunium roofs, trash piles, and loads of peddlers, children, chickens, and dogs roaming about. Just outside the Twikatane gates is a dirt soccer field that the local children love to play on, and we were greeted by them with shy smiles, lots of hand shaking, and questions.
These past few days since we arrived on the 27th have been filled with lots of preparation and adjustment to the 10 hour time difference. We have been arranging presentations at schools, going over lesson plans, and doing a little bit of exploring in Lusaka.
Yesterday we took a walk through a neighborhood to see what life is like here, and it was very eye opening. We met lots of local children who followed us around and hopped over puddles with us since it has been raining the past couple days here.
Today we also got to go into town to shop for groceries and traditional African skirts, called chitenges, for the girls to wear when we present. Women here do not usually show their knees, and chitenges are typically made from patterned cloth and tied at the waist. We have been learning a lot about Zambian culture since our arriving here and we are excited to absorb even more information as the trip goes on.
Our first presentation is on March 5th, and we are so excited! Stay tuned, there will be many more posts to come.