Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Back at the Hub

Yesterday Andy arrived safely at the Hub with the rest of the Vision Team. The border crossing on the Zimbabwe/SA border took a record 12 minutes, said one of the team!
He has spent the day resting and reflecting on the people he met and places he visited. Tomorrow he will get back onto the City Bug with Peter and will fly home to the UK.

Well done Andy, we are looking forward to hearing the stories you have to tell. Travel safely back.

Rose Westwood

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Overnight in Mozambique

Mutara is about forty minutes' drive from the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, so early yesterday morning the vision trip team left for the communities Hands at Work are serving in Macadeira. Here the team will spend time with the care workers and the children they care for.
On Sunday morning, after a night spent sleeping in the community. the team will go to church and will leave Mozambique, returning to Mutare for a debriefing session with Farai.
They will have a lot to reflect on.

Rose Westwood

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Lion and Elephant Guest House

After staying at the Lion and Elephant guest house last night, Andy and the others went to Mutare, where they met Farai and the other Hands at Work leaders who serve this part of Zimbabwe. They then headed straight for Sakubva which is the Life Centre run by local care-workers. Here the children find
  safe place to be loved and cared for. Andy will be meeting the care workers and will be learning how they care for the children nearby. This is Peter Steen from the US, he, along with Clinton and Phil, are the other members of the Vision team.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Today Oshoek, tomorrow Zimbabwe.

Today Andy left Swaziland and went to the border town of Oshoek. Here there are many refugees from Swaziland. They are looking for a better life in South Africa and often get no further than Oshoek. Andy spent the day with the care-workers who spend every day looking after the orphaned and vulnerable children. Dan, (one of the UK long-term volunteers) and Busi co-ordinate the work here and told Andy and the others all about the progress that is being made there.
The team then returned to the Hub for a meal and an early night. Tomorrow they leave at 5am for Zimbabwe.

Rose Westwood

Monday, 16 June 2014

Over the border to Swaziland

Today Andy will go to Swaziland, where he will spend two nights at Nomsa's home. Nomsa is a care-worker who lives in Kaphunga,  a remote and isolated community in the mountains. Tomorrow Andy will visit homes of some of the orphaned and vulnerable children in the area.
Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV in the world and over forty per cent of the population is under 15. Read more about Swaziland on the Hands at Work website.....http://www.handsatwork.org/swaziland/

Rose Westwood

Saturday, 14 June 2014

6000 miles south

Today, Andy' was going to have a long day........his plan was to go by coach to Heathrow and then to get on an evening flight to Johannesburg. It's a 10 hour flight and usually he is with a team of us so it will be strange travelling alone. I expect he's looking forward to meeting Peter Steen from the US. They will meet each other at the bus stop where they will get on a minibus called the City Bug and will drive East towards the Hands at Work base on the outskirts of White River. They will start getting to know each other on the minibus journey.
I am curious to know how they will recognise each other tomorrow morning because they have never seen each other! I am sure they will rub each other up the wrong way from time to time, as we all do when we live together in community, but the bottom line is that they are doing this for the poorest of the poor and not for themselves......they are going to meet some amazing people who care for these children every single day. Travel safely Andy! Hamba Kahle!

Rose Westwood

Friday, 13 June 2014

Andy's last night at home

Andy Evans, who has co-led so many teams from Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay to Hands at Work in Africa, is off on his own adventure tomorrow morning.
He will join three others from the US and Australia and will visit five countries in the next ten days.
Tonight he is packing his mosquito net, sleeping bag and anti malarial tablets ready to fly out to Johannesburg.
We will try to follow him on the blog, as he travels from one country to another, learning more and more about Hands at Work as he goes.

Rose Westwood