Originally Posted on
September 20, 2011
Reposted in May 2021
After meeting in their village, Mamma, Njamba, Ngebe, Jami, David , Max & I climbed back into the vehicle with the rice, bananas on the floor and the suitcases on top. The live chicken’s legs were tied and it was placed under the seat. Jami was not too impressed, being vegetarian and all. I felt so sorry for the chicken so I put it up on the seat as the floor of the vehicle got very hot while traveling.
We bounced our way back to Kalabo with Njamba sitting beside me facing the front, holding onto the head rest behind the driver Max. He was very curious to see where we were going. I think this was his first time in a vehicle, close to the driver any way.
We arrived at the guest house and went into Njamba and Mwualuka’s chalet ( Rondell) to give out the gifts while we waited for dinner to be prepared.
Mwualuka explained what I was telling them about everything and mamma was in awe!
Many smiles and looks of shock as I kept handing things to Njamba, Ngebe & Mamma.
I asked Ngebe if she could sew and she said yes. I said good because I brought you a lot of material. I brought them remaining samples I had left from when my sisters and I made three quits out of samples. There was enough material there for them to make at least two quilts. I asked Njamba in 2017 if Ngebe had ever made a quilt out of the samples and material I had given her and he said yes. I was so pleased and look forward to going back to Kalabo to see Ngebe and that quilt. I also brought a small photo album with some pictures of me, Canada, the quilts we made so they would have them.
Mwuakuka explained what the package of children’s underwear & adult socks given to Mamma but she had to open the package to see for herself. I will never forget her crinkled brow as she looked at the black sized 10 socks. They are not used to wearing them.
I explained that she could take all of the children’s clothes back to her village and hand them out as she saw fit. To her grandchildren or whom ever. She kept leaning back aghast with each item I handed her. A tarp for Mr. Kazaka, a saw and shirt for Kufuku, another soccer ball and hand pump for Mutiowa. ( Njamba’s brothers) David was taking pictures all the while and I left them for a few minutes to get the hand made needle point pillow I brought for Mamma that I had left in my Rondell (Chalet). David said that when I left they were all jumping up and down with joy. As an after thought I gave Ngebe a pair of burgundy wool gloves that I had brought for myself as I had heard that the night safaris could be cold. Of course it was cold when we went and I forgot to wear them. I think that was the most popular gift.
I left them to rest and absorb all that had happened myself as we were waiting for our meal to be prepared. The ADP manager had asked the owner of the Rondels to prepare us a meal and I gave her 100 ZK ( 20.00 USD) then, $5.67 Canadian today, to buy 2 chickens, some rice & veggie (which in Zambia is shredded kale with onions fried).
After about ½ hour I returned to their Rondell, which was only next door and Njamba had experienced his first shower and had on his new clothes. Njamba & Ngebe each had one of the burgundy gloves on. Then I guess this was his party so the next thing I knew he had both gloves on which remained there all evening, except to eat his meal. When I first saw him with one glove I said, Woo! Michael Jackson and he smiled. I am not sure if he knew who
Michael Jackson was or if he just smiled from sheer excitement. After knowing Njamba now for 16 years, I think he knew what I was saying and who Michael Jackson was.
We are off on Safari in Liuwa Plains National Park, The Real Africa, tomorrow so see you in two weeks time for that story!