Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Moving ahead with replacing the infrastructure at Ciyanjano. The raised slab will hold a 12,000 gallon water tank which will help increase water pressure and feed water to various parts of the property. Our director is showing where the water will enter the tank. The welder is building a tower for the 5,000 gallon tank.
Kasupe Road is a real mess. We were so excited to see a large grader and the materials needed to pave the road out there last week. Then we found out they are only doing it for the first kilometer or so, just to reach a Chinese factory. The majority of the road will remain a swimming pool in the rainy season and back-jarring nightmare in the dry season. Moving to Ciyanjano will mean less driving to and from Ciynajano and hopefully reduce a lot of wear and tear on the truck (and my back). Our team leader was kind enough to get these pics of me driving through some the deep stuff.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
In Zambia witchcraft is still very prevalent. In the bush witchdoctors hold positions of power over entire villages. We've heard of people being able to fly and change into animals, less supernatural but more disturbing are reports of infanticide and cannibalism. In northern Zambia and especially in Tanzania there are lots of reports of gruesome murders of African albinos – their body parts are used in various types of charms, potions, and other magic. Some of our teammates have seen this type of stuff but thankfully we've only heard of it. Here in the city the use of magic and charms is still very prevalent and when the local witchdoctors hand out flyers like this you know that they are reaching out to a large number of people. Many, many Zambians live in constant fear of the power that other people’s magic has over their lives. They fear upsetting the spirits and worry constantly about pleasing the dead to keep them from returning to cause bad events in their lives. If there is sickness or death in the family, a loss of employment or marital trouble, many people assume that the reason is due to a curse or hex that someone has paid a witchdoctor to put on them. So even in urban Lusaka you can see that the fear of bad juju, charms and other magic can lead to many troubles including revenge, murder, suicide, infanticide and worse.Witchdoctors also began and continue to promote practices such as widow cleansing and the "virgin cure,"(click here or here for more) two things that promote the spread of HIV/AIDS and the rape of women and children. Here’s a little sample of what your local witchdoctor might offer.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
These are the plans we've had drawn up for the director's house at Ciaynjano. It's a three bedrooms, one and half baths. There is also an open-air upstairs terrace/patio/porch thingy that will be covered and screened. This area will be build with the ability to be finished into a masterbed/office/bathroom in the future. This house is bigger than our current needs but we are considering the fact that a) our family is likely to grow b) we'll often have guests and visitors from the states that may be with us for as long as a month or more c) this is not our house - we may be here another 5 years but maybe some other missionary family with 10 kids will move out to Ciyanjano, maybe it will become staff housing for interns or a second team house like in the Leadership Retreat Center. We just don't know what the future may hold for Ciyanjano and we want to be ready for anything! So a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project so far. We have a little over 50% of budget raised. Planning a one-time gift? Looking to do some tax-deductible giving? Look no further. The Huckabys need a place to live at Ciyanjano in order for this ministry to grow and thrive. Support local churches, pastors, and schools by supporting Ciyanjano's housing project.Click here to donate now.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Driving to Ciyanjano is an adventure. If you survive the minibuses, gravel trucks, drunks, wheelbarrow pushers, taxis, bottle and shake-shake trucks you'll have to navigate the deep waters of Kasupe Road. Bring your snorkle. Alas, according to the Kafue Council people this road is under contract to be tarred. I'll believe it when I see it. And MAN, will we be happy!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Things have been busy around here lately and here's a little update as to what's happening at Ciyanjano. In the last month we have been working mostly on trying to get the water project finished. Our sister camp in California provided the bulk of the funds needed to modernize Ciynjano's ancient water system (I know it's not that old, but anything in Zambia more than couple of years might as well be ancient). This project started with digging a new borehole (see pics above!). Then our great Ciyanjano workers dug a massive series of ditches to lay water pipes and power to and from various locations to make the new borehole accessible. In the process of assessing our water needs we also discovered some major problems with the existing infrastructure and now that's getting dug up and redone as well. It's a huge undertaking! We've also had our first two church camps out in the new campground area. The groups reported that they liked the chalets and would be back again.