September 29th Catching Up

Sep 28th, 2011 David Berger 1 min read

Whew. What a whirl wind of a few days. Monday and Tuesday were spent teaching and making preparations. Tuesday we taught an hour session at Chongwe high school on hiv/aids, prevention, and transmission. It was a hit with the class participating well. They were active and asked interesting questions. We threw in some fun energizers and games to demonstrate transmission. After we finished it was…

September 26 – Surprises

Sep 27th, 2011 David Berger 1 min read

So, I’ll gloss over my birthday, since I spent the day curled in a ball in my hut recovering from a ‘food allergy’. Apparently people actually poision people they don’t like here, so any type of stomach upset due to bad food is referred to as gastro-intestinal upset or food allergy. Anyway, antibiotics, vomit inhibitors, tons of oral rehydration solution and two days later, I’m…

September 19, 2011

Sep 19th, 2011 David Berger 1 min read

Zambians can be pretty ridiculously funny. My bamaayo is wickedly strong. We’re talkin’ some serious guns … When I get a chance to post photos I’ll make sure there are some glamour shots for her. The men and women in the village are rock hard. Hard lives, hard work, fantastic physique. Thin hips, long frames … beautiful people to say the least. And the women……

September 9, 2011 Update

Sep 19th, 2011 David Berger 1 min read

Today marks the second day of our “standfast”. It’s the night before elections and people across Zambia are excited. I’m forbidden from commenting on the elections, so without political connotations, I can say that Zambians get very excited and active when it comes to politics. In such a social and communal society tensions can spike, yet for the most part people discuss, argue, and respect…

Catching up – General Updates – Wk 4-6

Sep 13th, 2011 David Berger 4 min read

General update 1 wk 4. Alright guys, so I’ve had a couple questions about diet. Food security is a major issue and although food types are similar, food is seasonal and differs on availability based on location. Also nutrition education is highly limited. So here’s a general breakdown of what I’ve been eating. Staple food here is nshima, or in bemba- ubwali. It’s basically either…

Chisunka and Second Site Visit

Sep 13th, 2011 David Berger 6 min read

Wow. Where to begin. I talked a little about Second site visit and my host in my last post – Gen. Update September, but I wanted to give you some more details about the village and the area. I love it! It’s gorgeous now and it’s dry season when everything is burnt and dying… I can’t even imagine how spectacular it’s going to be once…

Exploring – Gen. Update September

Sep 13th, 2011 David Berger 3 min read

Hey all! I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a chance to write and I apologize for the delay. Internet access and availability is pretty rough and unfortunately cell service can be pretty frustrating. I’ve been asking my brother to post on my behalf through text messages posted to facebook, so I’m sure you can all imagine how frustrating and difficult that…