New Restroom for Mackenzie Community School
In mid-2008 the teachers of Mackenzie Community School informed us about the urgent need for new restrooms. With the rapidly approaching rainy season, fear of the current single latrine overflowing became a real danger. Should this happen, the school would have to be closed due to the risk of a cholera outbreak.
Thanks to timely and very generous donations a new latrine was completed by the end of November 2008. This ensured a continued operation of the school's classes even during rainy season.
Christmas 2008 - A special Celebration for all
A typical Christmas celebration in Switzerland most of the time will probably look as follows: maybe a visit to church, good food, songs performed by the family together, fine baked goods and then the opening of presents...
A similar celebration in Mackenzie usually unfolds as follows: maybe a visit to church, if one is lucky enough there is something eat, maybe even something special, but forget about presents and then it's off to bed because there is no electricity for light...
Bicycles as an alternative means of transportation
Generally, people in Zambia walk or use one of the ubiquitous minibuses. There is no public transportation system, especially in the city. This rather chaotic way of getting to and from a particular destination can be complex, difficult to plan and – especially for foreigners – somewhat frustrating at times.
Cabs are available, and they allow travelers to reach their destination rather quickly, but the cost of doing so is increasingly substantial. At the same time, distances to be covered are often too far to do so by foot.