Weâ€™ve done it!Â 2 HomesÂ forÂ 2 Families
2 families, skilled tradesmen, Habitat staff, the Salvation Army,Â volunteers from the US and Canada, Rick, Mike, Steve, Jim, Anne, Peggy, Ann-Marie, Brenda, AJ, Katie, andÂ a whole community inÂ Lusaka workÂ together with theÂ support ofÂ Habitat for HumanityÂ Global VillageÂ Program
Weâ€™ve done it!Â 2 HomesÂ forÂ 2 FamiliesÂ We are excited to hear we will be building 2 homes.Â The families have been living in tents made of scrapÂ materials, unsafe and broken down. Our day starts atÂ 7 AM, we arrive by bus into the township greeted byÂ kids pouring out on the streets waving and smiling atÂ us. We meet the families who are overwhelmed withÂ happiness. We work side by side with the localÂ tradesmen who are young, energetic and very skilled.Â They teach us how to mix the mortar, lay the bricks,Â and take time to do it well and make it Shine! TheÂ tools are basic, wheelbarrows, trowels, wire, levels,Â shovels, a hammer, a small saw. Tools we didnâ€™t haveÂ were made on the spot, pieces of wood to smooth aÂ floor, make a ladder & lay a foundation for aÂ concrete slab. We work hard and we work fast, withÂ great camaraderie by all at the end of Day One weÂ had 4 walls built up to a height we could not seeÂ over! And there was always time to stop and makeÂ new friends, play a game of soccer, throw a frisbee,Â blow some bubbles, even do a little Yoga. We areÂ amazed at how pleasant, open, caring and polite ourÂ Zambian friends are who have virtually nothing. AÂ little boy happily playing with a badly broken plasticÂ truck, a little girl proudly combing the hair of a dollsÂ head. Our families express their gratitude, neverÂ believing they would live in a house made of bricks,Â having a proper roof so they no longer have to standÂ up in the middle of the night during the rainyÂ season. They now have a place to lie down and beÂ warm and dry. We are all grateful and fortunate toÂ be a part of this build.
We also visited Bfwana school and clinic to bring them medical and school supplies given to us by family and friends back home. And we were donated handsewn dolls made by a group of ladies from Wellington, Ontario. Simply known locally as â€˜the teddy bear ladiesâ€™. Â We gave them to the Zambia Italian orthopedic hospital.
Day 7 – 2 Homes for 2 Families are completed!