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The Journey continues

May 16, 2018 in News

Today Andrew and Jennie left Chitokoloki on the rest of their saga heading South to Capetown. The old Landrover had a bit of cosmetic makeup, a few repairs and some fiberglass to make sure the windshield did not fall out and good to go.

Their route is to be down the West bank of the Zambezi, into Namibia at Katima Mulilo and through the pediclle and then after a few side trips south to Capetown.

We wish them safe travels on the rest of the trip before they return to the UK for a job waiting for Andrew in Northern Ireland in late June.

From the Isle of Man to Chit… In a Land Rover!

May 12, 2018 in News

Andrew and Jennie McAdam have spent the last five months helping out in Chitokoloki.  Andrew is a doctor and the son of Dr McAdam, who has been the doctor at Chitokoloki for many years.  Jennie is a nurse, originally from Canada, and together they have been a welcome addition to the medical team at the hospital and to the missionary group in Chitokoloki.

But what is most noteworthy about their visit is how they got to Chitokoloki.  Most people cover the five thousand air miles between the United Kingdom and Zambia in a Boeing, and have just enough time for a couple meals, a movie and a nap.  Andrew and Jennie left the Isle of Man in October 2017 in a 1992 Land Rover.  Their trip took them through France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania to Greece.  They crossed the Mediterranean Sea at Athens, landing in Alexandria, Egypt, and travelled down through North Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, arriving in Zambia in January 2018.  They will be leaving Chitokoloki soon to continue on to Cape Town via Namibia, ending the trip.  We’ve appreciated having them with us and wish them an enjoyable finish to their trip!

Fourth Annual Eye Clinic in April

May 9, 2018 in News

Once again in the month of April, Dr Peter Norris and his wife Cathy visited Chitokoloki bringing with them not only their expertise and service but hundreds of pairs of glasses to add to the stock that had been shipped in past years. During the one month that they were here they dispensed over 750 pairs of glasses to over 500 patients and many are seeing much better now than they were a month before.

Each year that they have visited they have improved the clinic and now have an excellent data base and very modern equipment which enables them to check eyes for prescription and then the data program identifies the most suitab

 

le pair of glasses from the inventory. Each patients records are then kept and those that received glasses are able to leave with a brand new pair, free of charge.

We are most grateful for their visit and are thankful to the Lord for their great contribution.

 

Chit plane dwarfed by 747

November 14, 2017 in News

Recently while in Lusaka the Chitokoloki plane was picking up passengers and loading when it acquired a new neighbour on the tarmac at Lusaka International airport. At Chitokoloki airstrip our 9J-CTO plane seems large enough but not under the shadow of a Air China 747. Wondering how many Cessna 206 planes could fit in a Boeing 747?

Chris enjoys nice views at times like the dramatic cloud formation in this picture taken last week flying to Chitokoloki.

 

New Wireless Digital X-ray

November 13, 2017 in News

After a long wait today we were able to setup the new, updated, improved, wireless, digital x-ray unit. This was done through the help of several appreciated individuals.

Thanks to the very kind help of Dr. Rodney Strahan from Australia who began the process by sourcing this very expensive unit in the USA. The new components were in 3 parcels and were shipped by Courier  to Canada where Erick Kalmbach helped to clear them through Customs. Then Steve Adams re packaged them into one parcel and Gerrit VanEssen arranged for the shipping to Lusaka. Philip Grove assisted there in another Customs clearance process and then Chris Brundage collected them at the airport and flew them up to Chitokoloki. Today, less than one month from when they left the factory,  Joe Speichinger and Chris Brundage installed the new components and the new computer and in one hour the first x-ray was taken. Namakandu Mwangala our Xray technician was delighted as now she does not have to use the chemicals and old antiquated system that she has been using since our previous system stopped working. Many thanks to all who were a part in this process and especially Dr Rodney Strahan who can now again read and report each day on all the x-rays taken at Chitokoloki all the way from Australia.

Nurse marries Pilot

October 3, 2017 in News

In August 2017, Chris Brundage married Alison Bell at a very lovely wedding held in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

Chris has been the pilot based at Chitokoloki and Alison is a nurse who has spent considerable time at Chitokoloki. After the wedding they travelled to South Africa and are now back at Chitokoloki together and we are all delighted for them. Quite a number of either missionaries from Zambia or folks who have a connection to Zambia were at the wedding.

Over 410 hours of safe flying in 2016

February 6, 2017 in News

We are very thankful  to the Lord that during 2016 the Chitokoloki plane did 136 flights with over 410 hours of flying time. Chris Brundage was the pilot in all of these flights and they varied from medical flights to other stations, trips to Lusaka for visitors and also flights to Livingstone, Sakeji, and various airstrips within Zambia.

2016 Eye Clinic

March 5, 2016 in News

Norris1The people of the Chitokoloki area have been once again blessed by a visit of Dr. and Mrs Peter & Cathy Norris. This is he second time they have been at Chitokoloki and have set up an amazing eye clinic with a huge inventory of glasses. Many kind donors in Canada have donated glasses and Peter and Cathy have spent hundreds of hours cataloguing them, refurbishing them and entering them on their Data inventory program.

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Emma & Nathan’s wedding

October 27, 2015 in News

On October 24th Emma Wichers and Nathan Harris were married in Canada. Emma has been at Chitokoloki for a couple years and Nathan was born at Chitokoloki. The wedding was at Wallenstein, Ontario and was attended by a large number of family and friends including a very large representation of friends that have been to Chitokoloki and some who have been working there, including 5 doctors, 2 who were in the wedding party.Nat & Emmanat & emma4nat & emma5nat & emma7nat & emma8 nat & emma2
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Need for new propeller for plane

October 15, 2015 in News

eng chg5We have just been informed that the request for an extension for the overhaul of the propeller has been declined.  It is therefore necessary for Chris to fly plane right away to South Africa for the required inspection and work needing to be done. Unfortunately some requests for flights will be affected over the next couple f weeks.

This will be the first time that Chris will be flying to South Africa so we pray that all will go well and that the work needing to be done will be completed on time.

October 27th update

The propeller has been overhauled and Chris is ready to fly back tomorrow to Zambia. Thankful that all has gone well and that he will be able to do two of the flights thatw e thought might need to be cancelled.

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