10 days to include project at Maluba House, Lusaka and canoe safari on the Zambezi
Be part of a remarkable story
Maluba House is unique. It is the first, and currently the only, children’s hospice in Zambia.
Back in 2005, we made contact with a remarkable man – Dr Tim Meade. An American doctor whose passion for changing the lives of HIV/AIDS infected children in Zambia was inspiring. Two years later, in 2007, a group of 36 people travelled to Zambia and undertook the building of a playground for children at Jon Hospice in Lusaka. In 2009 we returned. This time we built an extra schoolroom for an education project in one of the townships of the city.
To be able to work directly with local people, to be with the children, to feel like we had made a real difference …these were extraordinary trips that, quite literally, changed everyone’s lives and no-one who was a part of these adventures was ever going to be quite the same.
For one of the members of the group, who had been with both trips, the connection he made meant that when his uncle sadly passed away and left a large legacy it was bequeathed to both Demelza and to Dr Tim’s Zambian projects. It was enough for Dr Tim’s vision to begin to turn from dream to reality …a children’s hospice in Zambia. It was the start of funding that finally became Maluba House.
It is impossible to describe the feeling when you see your first elephant standing feet away from you on the bank of the river …or that a hippo sounds like it’s laughing (it really does!) …or that every cliché you’ve ever heard or seen about African skies and sunrises is an understatement.
Under the watchful eye of local guides, we canoe on the mighty Zambezi river for three days, stopping on the banks at night to set up camp. It’s a challenging adventure, with none of your home comforts – and the canoeing is hard work! No power, no duvets, no a la carte menu …this is back to nature. At its absolute best. A unique experience for anyone.