Day 33 and 34

After the intense episode of the spoon saga work life took on a much slower pace over the next few days. This was partially due to one of our members, Eilish, becoming ill! She was admitted to the clinic on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. Luckily, she was diagnosed quickly and is on the mend as we speak (she will even visit the site on Thursday!). The rest of the team on Tuesday had the task of delivering the netball posts, volleyball posts and car tires to the site. The car tires will be used to create a protective ring around the court, blocking off potential vehicles from parking on it. They will also provide seating for the children at Chipata. Since this was not in the scope of the contractors works, we will have to install this ring of tires ourselves. Our job for today would be to purchase the tires and deliver them to site.

We started off from the Sport in Action being driven in a large truck, with plenty of space for tires in the back, but not enough seats in the front for all of us. As such some of us would get a nice open-air truck ride through Lusaka! We then went to a few places selling tires and haggled with them to achieve the best price. We ended up with 40 tires in the back of the truck, and all bought for around or under 3 kwacha per tire, no muzungu prices for us. We then drove from there to Chipata and delivered the tires to site, picking up the netball and volleyball posts along the way. On the way there we were a constant source of attention for the locals, waving to us from the side of the road as we passed.

Once we arrived on site and made the delivery, most of the day had gone by, such is life in Lusaka with all the traffic and delays. We inspected the work that the workers had done that day as well and had a talk with main contractor. We were generally pleased with how the progress was going and felt the court would be ready for a tournament/training session next week.

On Wednesday, we continued our work by going to site to see how things were progressing. Overall, work was slightly behind what we expected, but still felt that it was getting there. More importantly, we felt the quality of the court was good. Unfortunately, we were not able to speak to the main contractor today as he was at a funeral. This is sadly quite a common reason to be absent in Zambia, death here occurring more often than we are used to back home.

While we were working on site today, one of our group members Rob was doing his own work for the charity. He was purchasing netball posts for other sites around Lusaka, that will allow schools without proper netball courts to still practice. After that, he taught a swimming lesson at one of the pools Sport in Action owns.

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