Holiday in the Village

A few weeks have passed since the Easter holiday, well maybe a few months, but the memories are stronger than ever from this fun-filled day with our friends in Muchochoma Village. 

On Good Friday, we packed out a Zambian mini bus with over a dozen Lusaka ladies, clean drinking water, vegetables, and even live chickens. It was the day for a party with the women in Muchochoma Village who are part of our program out there, a 3-hour drive from the Chikondi Community Center. 

This was to be our first in-person look at the new facility we built there, the new home of HOPE in this remote village. This trip also served to celebrate the holiday, obviously, and to get to know the new group of women enrolling in the second class in the village. Exciting times, friends!

Before I blab on and on about how fun this day was, I’ll just show you photos instead. Enjoy a glimpse into our Holiday in the Village

 This blurry selfie doesn't even do this justice. Friends, we were packed to.the.gills in this Zambian minibus.

This blurry selfie doesn't even do this justice. Friends, we were packed to.the.gills in this Zambian minibus.

 Three hours later, we pulled up to this BEAUTIFUL new Chikondi Community Center in Muchochoma Village, made possible by our amazing supporters/donors.

Three hours later, we pulled up to this BEAUTIFUL new Chikondi Community Center in Muchochoma Village, made possible by our amazing supporters/donors.

 Inside, Lusaka ladies mingled with Village ladies, and we all admired the graduation test pieces adorning the walls. 

Inside, Lusaka ladies mingled with Village ladies, and we all admired the graduation test pieces adorning the walls. 

 This is Precious' display of her graduation testing garments. Each woman made these without electricity, without a fancy machine, many of them stitching garments entirely by hand without patterns. Incredible stuff right there. 

This is Precious' display of her graduation testing garments. Each woman made these without electricity, without a fancy machine, many of them stitching garments entirely by hand without patterns. Incredible stuff right there. 

 Cecelia, now a graduate of the Village group, prepared a HUGE pot of nshima for all 30+ of us to enjoy for our holiday feast! This took her around 2 hours to prepare, using trees as firewood. 

Cecelia, now a graduate of the Village group, prepared a HUGE pot of nshima for all 30+ of us to enjoy for our holiday feast! This took her around 2 hours to prepare, using trees as firewood. 

 Meanwhile, Elizabeth Muchochoma, oldest woman in Muchochoma Village at 55 years old, hand-sewed some product samples outside.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Muchochoma, oldest woman in Muchochoma Village at 55 years old, hand-sewed some product samples outside.

 New students posed for their registration photos. Psst: their class is needing some new HOPE Club folks to support their 12-month training... is it going to be you?!

New students posed for their registration photos. Psst: their class is needing some new HOPE Club folks to support their 12-month training... is it going to be you?!

 We all admired the new crop of sweet potatoes being grown in the village, made possible by Village Twist Bracelet sales for women to buy seed and fertilizer. 

We all admired the new crop of sweet potatoes being grown in the village, made possible by Village Twist Bracelet sales for women to buy seed and fertilizer. 

 And no holiday is complete without some family photos to remember the day (and these gorgeous handmade outfits!). 

And no holiday is complete without some family photos to remember the day (and these gorgeous handmade outfits!).