Ava is the 9-year-old daughter of one of ACE’s board members. Her first trip to Zambia was before she was born and she has been back several times. She and her mother have just returned from a 3-week trip to the House of Moses. Here are some excerpts from her blog.
Sept. 19 Arrived in Zambia
I think most of you know but some may not that I love to be with the babies in Zambia. So when I arrived here the first thing I did was run up stairs and try and pick my favorite baby, but I could not. They were all my favorite!
Here is a picture of me with babies on my back at the House of Moses. It's a very comfortable way to hold babies. The fabric they use to hold babies on their backs are called chitenges, they also use them as baskets, bags, blankets, hats, dresses, skirts, blouses, coats, towels, etc. Chitenges are just simple strips of cloth, but you can get very fancy ones.
Moving on to the babies, they are doing fine. Most of them can recognize me because I spend so much time up there…. The routine for the babies' day is wake-up, eat, take a nap, play, eat lunch, take a nap, play. For dinner the older babies get n'shima then they all take baths. Then the younger babies get milk or porridge in a bottle. Then the older babies play for a little bit and the little ones go to sleep. Finally the older babies go to sleep. Then they repeat that throughout their little baby lives.