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A Trip out to Kezi

Last Friday, I drove out to Kezi (which is a rural area about 1 hour out of Bulawayo) with a couple of mates to deliver 3400 broiler chicks as well as have a look at some projects that have been developed to help the local farmers. Jodi and I had been out there a few times when we were here last in 2008 and it is amazing to see how it has developed.

When we visited last, it was just a few small buildings that had recently been built for the students of Ebenezer College, a few garden beds that the students had cleared for planting vegetables and maize as well as a small chicken run. Now there are many more student huts as well as a large dining hall many more farming plots as well as two large chicken runs.

After counting all the chicks, Ezra (Ezra is part of the Beyond Belief initiative and works with the chicken farmers in and around Mablauwuni village) took me around Ebenezer showing me all the plots as well as the chickens that are just about ready to be collected for slaughter.

They have also started a chicken program with some of the local villages where they sell the family 1000 day old broiler chicks and spend time training how to look after the chicks so that they can sell them in 6 weeks time when they are ready to sent off for slaughter. This last round of chickens was a HUGE success where they have grown significantly faster (due to using sola lighting to light the chicken runs) and the death rate was significantly lower (about 1% – 2% instead of 4% – 6%). One of the most amazing things to hear about this project is the fact that the families will use a donkey drawn cart to take the 1000 chickens to the road which is about 10 km away at about 12am in the morning … now that is dedication.

 

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Back in Bulawayo … and loving it

/Hey there, I have finally recovered from jet-lag, I have found myself an internet connection and I thought it best to give an update.  I landed in Bulawayo on Thursday afternoon and I have spent the last few days catching up with old friends, making new ones and being shocked with the amount of change that has occurred in the last 3 years.  The major change has been the amount of items that are now in the shop (even though it maybe HUGELY expensive).  I remember posting photo’s in ’08 when there was literally nothing on the shovels (Click here to see the blog post), here are a few pictures of before and after:




Up … Up … and … Away!!

I have some absolutely fantastic news … Today I flew out of Brisbane and I am on my way to Zimbabwe.  I am currently sitting in an airport lounge in Changi utilising their free WiFi and waiting patiently for the next leg of my journey; in total it is a 30 hour trip (including stop over times in Singapore and Johannesburg) and there is only another 20 hours to go.

You maybe asking … what about Jodi and the kid’s?  Did they fly with you?  The answer to that riddle is: No; they could not fly out with me but they will be flying to South Africa shortly with Jodi’s sister and I will drive down to  Johannesburg and collect them.  I can’t wait to start blogging our life in Zim again and sharing all of our adventures as they happen.

Stay tuned for more :-)

Go Forth and Multiply

Since leaving Zimbabwe back in 2009, Jodi and I have had 2 kiddies:

Dominic

Dominic

Dominic

and Sebastian

Sebastian

Sebastian

These two boys are an awesome blessing and it is amazing to see how both of our boys are growing so fast.

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