Friday, February 01, 2008

Zambia: a blog for KIDS

For a recent school project, the children of some family friends asked for information about Zambia. Here was Ted's reply. :) If you have any kids, you may want to share this blog post with them.

"I'm so glad to hear that you're doing a project on Zambia. It's a great country--the people are very friendly, there are a lot of Christians, and it has a perfect climate, in my opinion.

Many years ago, the traditional dress was animal skins. One elderly missionary lady that we know says that when she was a young girl, a lot of people in her village used to wear animal skins.

These days, many Zambian women wear a traditional wrap-around skirt, which in our language of Bemba is called a "chitenge". Above their waist they usually just wear a Western shirt or blouse. Some women also wear a type of African skirt and matching blouse which has puffed sleeves. Sometimes men also wear a shirt that looks similar to this one, but with Western trousers. The cloth for the chitenges and other African clothes is often imported from India.

I'm afraid I do not know very much about plants in Zambia. The trees that you see in this picture are quite typical of Zambia--not really tall, not very straight, but wild-looking.

Also, the flame lily is a fairly rare plant, because you cannot grow it in your garden--it only grows wild, so you have to go and look for it in the bush.

The number of animals in Zambia has decreased hugely in the last several decades. When my dad was a boy in the village, he used to have to sleep with his head between two pillows to block out the sound of lions roaring outside. But now there have not been any lions in our province (the Luapula Province) for decades. Very few other wild animals remain either--except in our game parks, which still contain a lot of wild animals, fortunately.

One other source of water is Lake Bangweulu. We live about an hour from Lake Bangweulu, and the town on the lake that we sometimes visit is called Samfya. The beach at Samfya has beautiful white sand. Here's a picture of my parents on the beach:

I have also visited Lake Mweru to the North, which supports a huge number of private fishermen who fish in dugout canoes or boats. They mostly fish at night, using lights to attract the fish to their nets.

That's about all the information that I can give you off the top of my head.

Have fun!

ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2023+



27 Sat (1) 11am Commencement speaker at R. University, (2) ~3pm+ time w/ V/AR+
29 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer, (2) 3pm mtg DerCh - Mississauga
30 Tue (1) 10am ph call (AA), (2) 5:30pm video mtg (IsTan), (3) 8pm neighbourhood prayer mtg

1 Thu (1) 11:30am Zoom mtg (LM), (2) 4pm mtg (VS,KBr)
2 Fri (1) 10:30am ph call (PVDW; SL w/ boys; ~J working)
3 Sat SL w/ boys and MG
5 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 2pm Europe call, (3) 5pm mtg/walk (YM)
6 Tue (1) 11:30am lunch (GD) - St. Jacobs, (2) 4pm mtg (AF) - Cambridge, (3) 7:30pm worship night
9 Fri ~J's b'day
10 Sat North Bay trip
13 Tue 11am mtg (DAy) (~J school trip w/ ~Co | text BD)
14 Wed 9:30am time w/ BD
15 Thu 4:30pm video mtg (Paul T.)
16 Fri (1) 9am video med appt, (2) 15-km run (Prayer Journey "warm-up")
17 Sat Prayer Journey (my own: 50km GTA bike-ride; Jessie's: 5KM) and speaking at GTA after-party
23-25 Fri-Sat poss. SL
26 Mon 2pm Europe monthly call
29 ... July 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas

... 7 Thu-Fri poss. holiday in Arkansas
~8-17 SA+ in Toronto; P/H Bell likely visiting too
15 Sat aft+ baptism (Saj; NaB may be coming)
17-21 Mon-Fri Kids Kapers camp
24 Mon 2:45pm med. appt
26 Wed (1) 11am video mtg (SM), (2) 3pm Zoom mtg (SMa,SB), (3) 7pm ~J speaking at Greenhouse/Zoe - UofT downtown
27 Thu 10am video MVT board mtg
31 Mon 3:05pm med. appt
July/Aug CCWM board mtg / AGM

2 Wed 11am video mtg (SM+)
6-12 Sun-Fri Cottage w/ O/DN+ and UB/AC - Windermere; plus Muskoka
19 Sat poss. ~J fam beach day - Brighton area
25-29 Fri-Tue MoveIn staff retreat - southern Ontario

Sep 21 Thu - MVT board mtg
Sep 23 Sat poss. date of GV memorial
Sep 24 Sun ~Ch's b'day
Sep ~26-28 Poss. time in Lushnjë, Albania
Sep 29 - Oct 6 MoveIn Europe Conference+ - Durrës, Albania
Oct 21 Sat poss./unlikely date of GV memorial
Oct 21-27 Dollar-a-Day week
Early Nov Poss. fundraising event - Niagara
Nov-Jan Poss. time in India - Goa; Philippines - Manila+; Indonesia - Jakarta/Bali; LA/San Diego