On the 6th of July we crossed into Zambia and camped overnight in Luanga before heading off to Lusaka the next day to meet up with Restless Development for the first time. The following few days we spent filming in Mkushi, Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi at various schools and teachers training colleges. In Mkushi we went to Changilo school where we filmed the Dance4Life crew (A global Restless Development collaboration) educating the school children about HIV/Aids and sexual health awareness. Was great seeing these young, vibrant Zambians dancing, singing and having a fun time whilst learning from and teaching each other about these important issues. From there it was on to the Nkrumah Teaching College in Kabwe where we interviewed numerous students and teachers about their lives, goals and what they were learning through Restless Development. Was extremely positive to learn that the HIV/Aids infection rates had dropped substantially in the college since Restless Development became involved. We camped at the Restless Development offices that night and then set off bright and early the following morning to a community event in Kapiri Mposhi. It was the most remote location we had been to in Zambia so far and it was very inspirational to sit down in the principal’s office and chat to him and the community chairperson about what challenges they face and what vision they had for the school, called Chumbululani. We chatted about their need for a resources centre and clinic before being ushered onto the soccer field where we introduced ourselves to the community and enjoyed a very educational afternoon watching the school children act out plays, dance and sing with HIV/AIDS awareness being the dominant theme again. We had one more stop after that to another local school where we held a few more interviews before we had to begin making the great trek through northern Zambia to get into Tanzania.
Our Kikoys have never been too far away from us on our travels, although we may have to stock up on a few more when we reach Kenya as they have been a great gift to pass on to the memorable people that we have met along the way, so Viks please hook us up! We certainly have tested their versatility as well, using them as towels, scarfs, table cloths, pillows,blankets (Although I did opt for my sleeping bag in the middle of the night as temperatures started to dip towards flipping cold!) and even a weapons in Lake Malawi when Pops thought he’d jump me but came off second best. (Don’t let the photo give you the wrong impression!)
People all along our journey have asked us about them and we have really enjoyed telling them the K4K story and highlighting how education beats poverty. I think soon we are going to need Kikoys 4 Zambia, Tanzania and all the other incredible countries we have and will be passing through!
Thanks again to Viks and Kikoy4Kenya for all the help and I’ll upload some pictures shortly of how Kikoy4Kenya in collaboration with Twendeni Pamoja have been bringing smiles and brightness to Africa (Not that Africa needs much more of that!)
You will hear from us in the next couple of days, the rest of the team are currently filming at our first school location in Tanzania. It is nice to be in a country where kikoys are recognised and are seen as symbolic of the East Afrucan region and its coastal culture.
Don’t forget to check out our progress and more pictures on our website www.stopaids2010.webs.com
Aklso keep an eye out for some funky video uploads once we find some speedy web access.
Mpaka wakati ujao.
One Kikoy, One day at school, One World!
Much love from the twendeni pamoja team