The past two days the greenhouse team was able to pour cement for the beams, assemble the structure, and begin to nail down the glazing. The community health worker team met with the director of CHWs, Clara, and learned about the rural health system in the local area. We’ve all been so hard at work we could hardly wait to crawl into bed at night.
Running on high hopes and spicy spaghetti, the HESE team tackled a multitude of tasks today. The day began bright and early for everyone. Half of the greenhouse team finished tacking on the glazing, the insect net, and the door to the structure. A few things took a little longer than expected, but by sunset it was almost entirely complete. Tomorrow morning, the finishing touches will be added and we will have completed our first pilot greenhouse in Zambia – and the overall HESE teams’ fourth!
While construction progressed, five students traveled to the village of Luesi to participate in the nationwide Children’s Health Week during their bi-annual children’s vaccination clinic. After a thirty-five kilometer journey, they arrived around noon and were split up among three different stations. Two students assisted community health workers as they weighed all the children under five. Two other were put to work recording data at the health post. After the clinic ended, students conducted interviews with the CHWs on their health work and farming practices in order to further their research.
Early tomorrow morning a few members of the greenhouse team will aid our carpenter, Kelvin, in finishing up construction then hurry back to head off to Livingstone with the rest of the team. We’re all eager to have a break and to see the beautiful Victoria Falls.