Today is our first clinic. These first few days we will see all of the school children as well as the staff and there families. Helping us are Chipo who has travelled al the way form Lusaka for a week, just to help in the clinic, Joanna, a local nurse and Rose, a year 12 student. Rose’s ambition is to be a doctor. She is helping with translating and other small jobs. Children were steaming through the door all morning, a lot more to come tomorrow. School children throughout the world must be the same. As they congregate together, queueing in there class groups, you hear laughter, see kids jostling for space, and generally mucking around as any good school child will do. Every child is checked. There are a couple of sick children who needed extra care, most were given a clean bill of health. One staff member had a check up and was concerned about his vision. We have had over 300 pairs of second hand glasses donated to us. We had not yet unpacked the donated glasses, however we found the perfect pair for him and he walked away a very happy man with a big smile on his face.
We were privileged to be onsite during school assembly. lIstening to the children singing was a joy. This included them singing the Zambian national anthem. After which, Daniel called the team up in front of the assembly to sing Advance Australia Fair. Geena and Julie finished with Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. The kids thought this was hilarious.
It is about a kilometre walk from our accommodation to the school. In the last rainy season the bridge over the creek we have to cross collapsed. It is a fast flowing creek and we have to negotiate the crossing by climbing down onto the collapsed concrete, hopping over and climbing back out on the other side. Also crossing the creek is a leaky water main. This morning the water main had burst some more and was flowing down the embankment right were we cross. Lots of fun and games climbing down this morning. On our way home we took an alternative rout along the disused railway line, crossing the creek on the railway bridge. The sleepers have long gone, however there is a side gantry we can use. No climbing, however we have to dodge some large holes that drop do to the river below. Visions of Indiana Jones!
This is Darryl’s third trip to Zambia. Darryl was an Army medic and now works for St John’s Ambulance as a paramedic. Darryl spent 35 years in the army as a medic and is still serving now as a reservist. I asked how Darryl came to be involved with Eagles Wings? His story is that six years ago he was heading off one Saturday morning to get a haircut. He took a wrong turn and instead of turning around he decided to keep going and to go to the barber in the shopping centre down the road. In the car park he met Andrew who was in training for the Eagles Wings bike ride from Brisbane to Canberra, what we now know as Challenge For Change. That day Andrew had taken a bad fall off his bike. He was a bit of a mess. Julie his wife (yes our Julie on team) had picked him up and was at the shopping centre to buy some dressings. Darryl basically rescued Andrew giving him first aid on the spot. They became friends and Darryl caught Andrew’s passion for Eagles Wings. There has been no looking back. Darryl is very knowledgable about first aid. He is also very resourceful and ready to lend a hand at the drop of a hat. He has a deep compassion for the people here in Ndola living in extreme poverty. From what I have observed today, he has a great bedside manner, making the school children he saw feel comfortable. What are Darryl’s expectations in coming back to Zambia this year. Darryl says he wants to give back to the people here in the local community, the blessings he has received from God .