Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day 8

It is now time to go back to our home. We all checked out of our rooms and headed back for the Estes Binky house. The majority of people felt sick as we braved the long bumpy drive back. Once we arrived we were so happy to see our place. We all dropped off our bags and went to Lenards to eat. Later on that night the girls did Zumba and I played games. It will be nice to get a good rest!

Day 7

At 8:00am we woke up and started shuffling into Kacky Jacky, a jeep which has been our primary mode of transportation in Africa. After three hours of bumpy, gravely road we finally arrived in Livingston and checked into the Protea hotel. It was beautiful! The highlight for me was when we saw the Moon bow and the falls. The falls looked other worldly and was one of the most amazing things I have seen. The 8 of us girls looked like something seen on a sitcom with our multi-colored ponchos. The brave girls out of the group including myself went over the bridge to get a better look at the falls. We were all drenched, but it was well worth it. A moon bow is a natural phenomenon where the reflection from the moon forms a ring similar to a rainbow. I was able to see this natural phenomenon at 9:30pm. I was not able to get pictures because you need a more specialized camera to capture this image, but there were a few that managed to capture it on their camera. I will send pictures once I get them from the others in our group. We are supposed to be making a cd with all the pictures from our trip, so there will be a lot to share.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Helping Hands: My turn-HIZ-Path Blog

Hello. My name is Meghann Delaplaine. I just wanted to share about my week in Zambia and what it has been like working with the children at the Haven. The very first time I set foot inside the orphanage it was like a door to a whole new world had just opened itself to me. The children at the orphanage welcomed me with big smiles and hearts. Many of the children were left abandoned by their parent’s, some had serious medical ailments such as AID’s, Syphilis, and FAS while others were just developmentally behind due to unknown causes. Either way I felt like I was at this place and time for a reason. That reason is to help and provide support to the children at the orphanage. I was able to assist these children by helping feed them during meal time, rock the babies to sleep, and play with the kids using a lot of parallel and self talk. I was also able to get some of the kids to request during meal time by saying “more,” “no more,” and “yes please.” A lot of the kids were very talkative while others were just warming up to me. For the most part the majority of kids were a little standoffish, but quickly warmed up to me after my second day of being there. I am at a point where I am starting to remember a lot of their names. They are just so sweet and full of life! I hope to continue to help enrich their lives by providing opportunities for them to lead successful lives by helping them communicate. I cannot think of a more rewarding field than Speech-Language Pathology! It is truly a blessing to be here working with a bunch of great people and children.

Day 6

It is Sunday and time to go to church. The service was 2 1/2 hours long, and most of the girls sat with babies in their laps throughout the service. There was a lot of singing, and scripture reading. I loved hearing everyones voices echo off the walls of the building. Church of Christ is very different from Catholic mass. I am so used to standing and sitting through the entire service, but for this service we sat most of the time. I was moved by the singing because you could hear the little children clapping and participating in the service. It was very sweet. After church all the girls including myself went to eat lunch at Lenards. Today, it was my turn to do the cleaning. Once we ate and cleaned the dishes we headed back to our temporary home and played games. Apples to Apples was hilarious and after the game we did our Zumba dance routine. It was great!