"But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 2Corinthians 8:11

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Let the journey begin!

So this summer I will be in Namwianga, Zambia for six weeks with a fabulous group of fellow graduate speech pathologist. During this time, I will be working with the children at The Haven, an orphanage for infants to 2-years-old, conducting language enrichment activities as well as providing hearing, speech, and language screenings for school-age children in area schools. Additionally, I will help with the feeding of newborns infected with AIDS, which causes difficulty in swallowing.
Project HIZ-Path (Harding in Zambia- Speech Pathology) is a non-profit organization founded by students concerned about services delivered to children and adults with communication disorders both locally and globally. The purpose of HIZ-Path is, first and foremost, to provide speech-language therapy services to people in need, and secondly to provide graduate students like myself the opportunity to experience the rewards of humanitarian efforts firsthand. The message that Project HIZ-Path wants to proclaim is one that is filled with love and service through honest and sincere passion for humanity.

I am SUPER excited for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of such a great cause. Here is a tentative schedule of our travels...


May 16 Depart from Searcy, Arrive in DC at 9:52 to collect luggage and go to hotel

May 17 Depart DC 9:30 am

May 18 Arrive Addis Ababa 8:30 am, Depart Addis Ababa 9:30 am, Arrive Lusaka 2:35 pm

May 19 Travel to Kolomo

May 26 Drive to Livingstone for full moon, spend night at Protea Hotel

May 27 Return to Namwianga by noon

June 19 Drive to Livingstone, High Tea at Royal Livingstone Hotel

June 20 Safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana. Evening worship at Protea Hotel

June 21 Victoria Fall and shopping, Sunset Cruise

June 23 Return to Namwianga

June 23 Drive to Lusaka, Check into Protea Hotel

June 24 Depart Lusaka 3:25 pm, Arrive Addia Ababa 8:25 pm

June 25 Arrive DC 7:35 am, Depart DC 2:30 pm, Arrive Atlanta 4:25 pm, Depart Atlanta 5:05 pm, Arrive Memphis 5:30 pm


  1. FRIENDDDDD. we are about to leave in 3 days!! Dunno what I would do without you!!! ha let the fun begin!! =) love you!

  2. Have a wonderful trip love! I will keep tabs on you on here...call me before you leave!

    Love you!

  3. This is going to be so much fun! I have my bags packed and ready to go.

  4. You are soooooo cute! We are leaving in 4 hours!!!!!!

  5. Listen I need you to wake up and skype with me

  6. I'm so happy you bought a machete! Great investment and possibly an opportunity to establish dominance within the tribe.
    Ok so today; I went to the Tulsa zoo so I could look at the African animals. Did you know there are penguins in Africa? There are! Then I when by Gary the giraffe and eddy the elephant and told them to tell their cousins to watch over you in Africa. Then I told Lawny the lion I would throw fireworks in his pin if he let his family mess with you...so overall it was a successful day. Have fun and be safe. I love you

  7. I just reread my last post to make sure it was clear bc...anyway, I went to the zoo saturday with some friends as a random trip and i didnt "when by Gary the giraffe's pin" I WENT by his pin...thanks for talking to me briefly on skype. I love you