Sunday, March 23, 2014

Zambia Part 5 // Tour of Lusaka

Lusaka, Zambia Africa 

As visitors to this city, we were glad we had the opportunity to tour the city and see the different areas of town. Our tour guides were two pastors from the church, and we learned a lot about the city and its history. Here's a blurb from wiki which tells you more: "Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa,  the city's population is about 1.7 million. English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja, and Bemba are also common."

We spent about 4 hours driving around and exploring. Their biggest building here at the highest point in Lusaka is actually the American Embassy, but there were signs everywhere that said no photos, and lots of security so we didn't mess with taking photos of that. :) We used this opportunity kind of like a scouting trip for the church. We were able to photograph many areas of Lusaka that they might be able to use for their website. 

Touring around parts of Lusaka where lower income housing and operations were evident really put things into perspective how some of the basic needs are not being meet. We hear that a lot of the city was unplanned - people just settled near the farms so there aren't proper sewer systems in place in some areas. When we drove by some small children digging through garbage it really made me sad. No child in any country should be looking for items they could reuse in garbage

Overall, the country of Zambia is absolutely beautiful. Everywhere you look there is green - with beautiful plants, grass, and unique trees. People here work so hard for their families and do whatever it takes to make a living. I was very encouraged at how many small business owners we saw all over the country. There are not enough opportunities for employment so people just start their own business doing what they are gifted at. 

Can you spot the Chicken?

Most houses here have what's called "war walls." The idea to create them started back in the 60's when at the time they were needed. Although this is now a very peaceful country, people still build them when they build their houses. Some of the walls have electric fences at the top or barbed wire, this one has glass shard

 Everywhere we go people are selling all sorts of things at stop lights and where traffic is slow. I saw fruit, "talk time," garden tools, news papers, cell phone accessories, dishes, coal and whatever you can imagine. It was quite the art to not run them over while driving.

this image breaks my heart :(

We have passed many kids who just love playing with old tires (tyres is how it's spelled here.)

Not your average mountain goat.

This is their daily market. Lots of watermelons and coal to buy here.

A lot of the kids we see around here don't have shoes. We saw lots of people selling old shoes. (here is a young boy looking for shoes that would fit him we think)

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