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