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Irish Engineering Students in Zambia

08 July 2011

Zambia

Right to Left:  Daniel Collins, Jamie Stewart, Áine Hester, Mark Morely

We are four Engineering students from NUI Galway, Ireland, who came to Zambia for 7 weeks as part of our Third Year summer work placement.  During our time in Zambia we stayed in the Cheshire Homes guesthouses in Kaoma and Mongu.  We spent a total of 25 days in Kaoma and a further 10 days in Mongu.  Our main aim was to carry out research on the engineering projects being carried out by the Presentation Sisters in these areas such as the making of soil blocks, biogas production and water provision.

We were overwhelmed by the friendliness of the Zambian people from the minute we stepped off the plane.  The local people could not have been more welcoming and we felt compelled to thank them for this by learning a few words of Lozi!  Everywhere we went people were willing to help us with our work, no matter if we were measuring fields or digging holes.  We would like to thank the staff of the both guesthouses for making us feel instantly at home and going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure we were catered for.

Any reflection of our time in Zambia could not be complete without a mention of the children.  Their infectious enthusiasm for life will be remembered by us for many years to come.  Their constant waving and cries of “makua” could bring a smile to any face and we will never forget our time spent with them.  We will return home to our families with stories about our wonderful trip to Zambia and the work carried out by the Presentation Sisters.

[Reflection by Daniel Collins, Jamie Stewart, Aine Hester, Mark Morely]