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Posted by Paul Crompton on 12th March 2011
I am mid way through my visit to Zambia, which has been supported by the Pat Turnbull travel fund.
Whilst we have had internet access we have been posting images on Flickr at: www.flickr.com/photos/gozambia and Tweeting about the visit through the @mothersofafrica twitter feed.
I am just back in Lusaka, though heading back into the bush again tomorrow to revisit the school in Shiyala and work with the children there for the day.
We have seen some intensely moving scenes and recorded some powerful stories, more than can be posted on the site in the short time we have internet access. These people are incredibly strong and dignified in the face of extreme challenges, whether that is walking 10 or 15 Km in labour, in order to have their baby in the relative safety of a hospital, even if it only has a limited electricity supply, or walking equal distances to get some form of education from volunteer teachers working in simple classrooms, again without electricity or running water, or any of the essentails we take for granted. Yet in these conditions, education in the form of a new nursing school for example, is beginning to make a difference.
I only hope I have captured something of this dignity, spirit and hope in the images I am producing.