Saturday, 1 September 2018

Successful Street Fair stall

A very successful fundraising day at the Penicuik Street Fair, Scotland (Saturday 25th August). Thanks to all who helped and supplied goods and encouragement.

An interesting book launch

Mr. Chola Mwelwa, our Trustee in Chesterfield, England, was invited to say a few words about Friends of Chitambo at Mrs Florence Mwando's book launch in Nottingham, on 18th August.  
Florence is a nurse and member of the Zambian Diaspora community in England. Her book is titled 'Benoni, Immigrant Nurse and Educator' was launched at a high profile affair with representation from the Zambian Embassy in London. Congratulations Ba Florence and thank you for the opportunity.  
Thank you, too, Ba Chola for representing FoCh at this event, and for teh photos. You are our top Chitambo ambassador.

Florence's book will be available from Foyles Bookstore, priced £10:,florence-mwando-9781527222175?term=benoni+immigrant+nurese+and+educator

Mrs Florence Mwando, Author


Mrs. Mwando is honoured by the 

Reading and extract

FoCH AGM: Saturday 13th October 2018, 2-4pm UK time

Date for your diary:
The Friends of Chitambo (FoCH) Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place on Saturday 13th October 2018, 2 to 4pm UK time, in the upstairs Function Room at Haigs restaurant , Penicuik, Scotland: 
Please come in person, if you can, and hear about our huge progress over the past year. Some remote access may be possible so let Jo Vallis, Chair, know if you want to explore this:
Look forward to seeing, or hearing, you there. 

Scholarship students' exam success

FoCH is very proud to announce that 'our' current 3 scholarship student nurses have passed their first end of semester exams and will now proceed to their 'capping'.ceremony.  That is, they will receive one stripe on their caps (girls) or on their white coat lapels (boys), as a mark of their progress. Well done guys and keep it up. We are right behind you.  And, of course, congratulations to your tutors. 
Mwabombeni mukwai everyone, very well done.

Some welcome publicity

Nice to see our article published in the Midlothian Advertiser: CLICK HERE
Particular thanks to our new Trustees, Heather Emond and Ian Dunn for their photography and journalism, respectively. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Day in Chitambo District

News from. Mr Brian Mwense, Head Nutritionist, Chitambo District:
"Celebrating World Breast Feeding day by actively promoting breast feeding in Chitambo District, including at Muchinka clinic."
Congratulations Mr. Mwense and team, it's great and important work towards reducing severe malnutrition in the under-5s.
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Day in Chitambo District

Muchinka Clinic Breastfeeding Team

Surprise donation

Out of the blue come more amazing 'old friends' of Chitambo, Dutch couple Fokke and Lia Goudswaard. They were based in Zambia during the 1970s and their first child was born at Chitambo Hospital (1976). They have very fond memories of Chitambo so, when celebrating 'significant' birthdays this year, they requested no gifts but only donations to Friends of Chitambo. They were clear that the reason for selecting us as custodians of this generous donation is that we are a grassroots organisation, 'only 2 steps away' from action on the ground at Chitambo.
Our committee will discuss best use of their generous donation. However, one option would be to provide more tablet pcs for hospital and clinics, as requested by the hospital team in February 2018. This would give clinical staff greater access to emergency care Information.
We are much humbled by this surprise donation and can't thank Fokke and Lia enough for their immense generosity. Thank you so much, you are making a real difference.

Twatotela saana mukwai (thank you)

Welcoming Honorable Zambian Minister for Community Development/Mother and Child Health to Scotland

FoCH had a strong presence at a very special event in Glasgow last night (26th July), to welcome Honorable Zambian Minister for Community Development and Mother and Child Health, Emerine Kabanshi, to Scotland. 

4 FoCH Trustees (Jo Vallis, Mudenda Munkombwe, Bridget Innes and Suzgo Ndhlovu) were highly privilidged to attend, along with other members of the Scottish Zambia Partnership (SCOZAP)
The meeting took place at the Scottish Government offices at Atlantic Quay, with a meal provided. It. was a lovely occasion and a great opportunity not only to meet old friends and new but to have intimate dialogue with the Honorable Minister on matters of most concern to Diaspora member and Friends of Zambia. 

The Honorable Minister recalled the meeting with 2 FoCH Trustees (Jo Vallis and Consider Mudenda) at her Lusaka office in February 2018. She said that Chitambo is very important to both Zambians and Scots because of the historical connections, and pledged her future support as possible.
Thank you to all who made this meeting possible and most of all to Honorable Minister Kabanshi for her precious time and gracious presence.

Hon Minister Emerine Kabanshi (sitting right) with Zambian Diaspora and friends fo Zambia in Scotland

Honorable Minister Kabanshi (standing)

FoCH Social and Information Event

Following our recent Social and Information event at Haig's restaurant, Penicuik,Scotland, we are now blessed with a formidable, multi-skilled Board with an even stronger Diaspora presence. The Information workshop, facilitated by Consultant Gillian Wilson, helped match available skills to required roles. A real highlight were the live WhatsApp links with Zambian based Trustees Consider Mudenda and Levi Chifwaila who tuned in to inspire and motivate us. 
Gillian Wilson, workshop leadre

Dr and mrs Kashina

Suzgo (L) and Chris (R)


Bridget and Richard

Under the flag of our land!

Margaret and Chola
Work done....and scones eaten....we repaired to the restaurant below for a sumptuous Zambian lunch provided by Head Chef Stephan Wood. That people came back for 2nds and 3rds suggests the nshima and relish were up to scratch. They were enjoyed by all

Nshima at Haigs

Head Chef, Stephan Wood (L) accepts a small token of appreciation

Ba Loveness Mwelwa enjoys the lunch

Young Mumba Mwelwa preferred a burger..but hey! 

Richard and Heather lunching

Our new Treasurer, Monika and her little one (our youngest mascot)

Michelo and Margaret

Kashina, Mudenda and Bridget tuck in

Thanks to all who made this such a successful and worthwhile day and a great platform for our ongoing endeavours. Photos are by our talented new Trustee, Heather Emond. Prospective new Trustee, Ian Dunn, (journalist turned International Development worker) helped us to submit a press release to local papers.

Centenary ambulance is home from annual servicing

Great news! The Chitambo Centenary Ambulance has returned from servicing and is in good form. Thank you to the Chitambo team for their kind words of appreciation for our small contribution to its maintenance:
"The vehicle still has life. It's our only reliable utility vehicle. You people we thank you so much for the maintenance of this vehicle. May God bless you all."

God bless you too Team Chitambo! You are the ones making a difference to rural healthcare.