Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Penicuik Street Fair: 23rd August 2014

It was mixed weather but it stayed mostly dry and we managed to make a reasonable amount to make it all worthwhile.  fantastic contributions, as usual, from Margaret and Gillian...home baking and a children's lucky dip proving particularly popular.  The raffle was also popular, with many quality prizes, including hampers, fancy cushions, toiletries, CDs of African music, and..a star prize, a copy of our very own Patron (Julie Davidson)'s book, "Looking for Mrs. Livingstone":

However, it was our Trustee, Ba Agnes Ngulube Holmes, who really stole the show with her glorious Zambian crafts and materials.  These drew people like bees to the honey pot and it's amazing how many Penicuik people with Zambian connections we discovered.  Agnes was interviewed for the Midlothian Advertiser, including being photographed alongside our Friends of Chitambo banner (pictured).

Jo Vallis was also interviewed for our local Radio Crystal radio station and told about the historical connections between Scotland and Chitambo, where David Livingstone died.

She also managed to make a plug for our first AGM on  Sunday 7th September, 2 pm (UK time), Community Room, Penicuik, Library:
Options also to join us by Skype.  Please contact Jo for further information.

Scotland and Zambia Strengthen Healthcare Ties

Our poster, "Scotland and Zambia strengthen healthcare knowledge exchange ties", was presented at the NHSScotland Event, Glasgow, June 2014:

It will again be presented at the THET Annual Conference, in Birmingham (25-26th September 2014:

And it will also be shown, alongside the Friends of Chitambo SCIO stall, at the Zambian Independence Jubilee Scotland event, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 18th October 2014. Book now to ensure your place at this most historic event:

View our poster here:

 It seems that the Scottish and Zambian Governments are now set to join forces on strengthening healthcare ties.  See this article in the Zambian press, following on from the Vice President Honourable Dr. Guy Scott's recent visit to Scotland, for the Commonwealth Games:

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Just Festival at St. John's Church, Edinburgh 5th-30th August 2014

You might be interested to see this NIDOS exhibition, which features Chitambo as one of the Health Case Studies

It's on show at the Just Festival at St. John's Church, West End of Princes St., 5th-30th August 2014.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friends of Chitambo News - Issue 5

Access the latest packed issue of Friends of Chitambo News here. 
(Archive issues are all here).

You can read all about the recent achievements of several individual Friends, learn more about others, both old and new.  

You can also read about recent events, note the dates for your diary for future activities, and learn about how we are growing our membership and developing our ability to support genuine and positive change for those at Chitambo.

Let us know what you think, and any suggestions for future events and issues are always welcome! 

Chitambo School of Nursing 2nd Student Intake

Tutorial staff at Chitambo School of Nursing  have been working flat out over the past 2 weeks, on interviewing potential candidates for the 2nd student intake.  Interviewing has now closed and news just in  is that over 700 candidates were interviewed for 40 available places.  Who will be the lucky ones with a place at our special school?      

Friends of Chitambo SCIO Annual General Meeting

Our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place on: 

Sunday 7th September 2014, 2 pm UK time
At The Community Room, The Library at the Penicuik Centre, Carlops Road, PENICUIK, MIDLOTHIAN, EH26 9PE: 

Everyone is most welcome.  Please come and hear about the remarkable progress which we have made in our first short year.  We look forward very much to joining with you on the day, either in person or virtually, by Skype if possible. 

Contact Jo Vallis (Coordinator) for more information:
She will be delighted to help.

Ever forward in the name of Friendship!