We are at Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education. (FCE) Today was off to an early start. We were properly welcomed into Zambia by all of these tiny happy African faces who were simultaneously wanting to shake our hands with so much gratitude. We walked approximately 1/2 mile from FCE to the Community Training Center (CTC).
CTC is a school that is comprised of children in grades 0 to 9 with ages varying from 5-16, who from from surrounding villages. Immediately our team of 6 is split up into 4 stations and preparing ourselves to screen/treat approximately 200 students.
The first station was basically an intake where the children were given a head to toe assessment. Station 2 was to provide any treatment and care of wounds, mainly a lot of TLC. Station 3 was malaria and urine testing for a parasite called Bilharzia. Station 4 was deworming- which is a common problem, so kids are given this treatment frequently. Don't worry, we gave them some candy :) We broke for lunch around 1300 (1pm our time) - we were so hungry, did we even taste our food? We went back to the CTC at 1530 (3:30pm) and completed eye testing and blood pressure checks for the university students at FCE.
After a short, but relaxing 45 min break we went to dinner @ 1800 (6pm). It was amazing! Who knew we could actually enjoy good food while being so far from home? FCE definitely feeds us well, do NOT drink the tap water- or gargle shower water (Jennifer!)-- I know you all do it! To sum up our day in just a few sentences would be impossible. The feeling of giving to people truly in need is indescribable and unbelievably humbling.
Day 1 of this journey is complete and we're off to an amazing start. <3