Making a Difference in Zambia through The Give Movement Journey

by Sandy Salle on February 18, 2014

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I’ve had many people in recent weeks ask me how the Give Movement Journey has changed my life. For those of you who don’t know, the Give Movement Journey is an annual trip that Hills of Africa Travel hosts along with award-winning business coach, Suzanna Evans.

See below for my story on how the Give Movement Journey 2013 made such a tremendous impact on my life, and why I’m looking forward to the Give Movement 2015 trip:

The trip began in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Here is where we built a house through Habitat for Humanity.

Last year, we found out a week before departure that we would be building the house for an orphaned family. Of course this led to many internal questions: Why are they orphaned? Who are they? What do they look like?

Getting to our building site from our hotel took us a long time. The traffic was terrible (and of course, we left late!), so we took the back roads where we drove past vendors and street markets. It made for an interesting journey through the city, but never were we equipped mentally for the next step in our journey.

Our Habitat for Humanity build site was located in a township of Lusaka called Linda Compound. The road was a dirt road and we had to go very slowly in case we broke the bus chassis, which funny enough we did!

As we were driving through the compound, it immediately became clear to us that no one in the compound had an official “career” or job. People were sleeping on their patios, looking outside, fixing bicycles, or selling old clothes.

We arrived at our site and met the family whose house we were planning on building. The family consisted of two girls ages 6 and 16, named Abigail and Lydia. They had the biggest, brightest smiles.

As we spoke with the girls, I couldn’t help but think back to my own childhood. I was brought up by two loving parents and had three siblings. Why on earth did they have no parents?

We worked as a family, a Give Movement family, mixing mortar, carrying buckets of water, and lifting heavy bricks—all under very hot conditions. The girls helped us throughout the day, doing what we were doing: lifting, carrying, and digging. And before we knew it, half of the home was built and we felt amazing—even though our hands were scrapped and our bodies were sore.

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My proudest moment was at the end of the day, walking back to our vehicle with Lydia holding my hand. I realized at that moment that we are a family—all of us. Our Give Movement tribe might not have known each other at the beginning of day one, but by the end of day one we were family.

So I ask you, are you ready to change someone else’s life by helping build shelter for them and by sharing some much needed love?

We would be thrilled to have you join us on this unforgettable journey. Click here to sign up for additional information about the Give Movement Journey 2015.

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