It has been months since I wrote my first blog and I am justifying this to myself by taking a quote from a book I read long time ago: “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. (Herman Hesse, Siddhartha).
I feel that during these months I have actually lived: I guess the change itself and a break from the usual routine brings back the feeling of being alive and live the present.
What I love here mostly is the recognition of existence: people call you by name, almost a shocking experience for somebody like me who has been going to the same gym for more than 10 years – do I know the name of the lady at the reception? Have I ever asked her name or was I ever been asked mine or how I was? I don’t know whether being an outsider here gives me the fast track to niceness, maybe that‘s what it is!
Anyhow, I should stop philosophising and write about facts: for example, my visit to Ngombe compound a few weeks ago. This is one of the locations where Live Well (LW) carried out a community event to increase awareness of the social enterprise’s products and, consequently, provide information on health impact products such as Kit Yamoyo for diarrhoea treatment. Drummers followed by an informative drama session, ensured that a big crowd gathered to watch what was going on.
We also had a tent where LW Regional Manager was promoting LW’s products and answered any queries: as the pictures at the top illustrate very clearly, she definitely managed to get the time and attention from the community!
As anywhere in Zambia, the square was full of kids and I could not refrain from taking pictures of them. One in particular, pictured below, overwhelmed me with sadness at first but then I thought about the genius and the creativity of building a toy out of milk plastic bottles…that is absolutely incredible!
That’s it from me for now…to be continued!