More ZAWA experiences

Jonathan with ZAWA personnelFor several years now, Zambia Wildlife Authority has asked Flying Mission Zambia to assist them with their aerial survey of the National Parks. 'New boy' Pilot Jonathan Weaver experienced it for the first time this past autumn:

At Flying Mission Zambia we have had a busy couple of months.  In addition to the normal flying, we have been able to help the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) with an aerial survey of the large mammals in their national parks.  Flying Mission and a couple of other companies here in Zambia were selected to help with this important job.  The aerial survey helps ZAWA track how healthy different mammal species are and if the populations are increasing or declining.  

Helping children in rural Zambia

Meet Karolyn and Martin Simbeye. They want to provide ‘world class opportunities to the under-privileged in Kapiri and the surrounding areas'. Brought up in Zambia himself, Martin has returned with his wife and young children. Their intention? To build a school in a rural area in order to fulfil their vision.

Flying Mission Zambia knows well that ‘we do it better together' so when this couple requested the use of our Hydraform Block Machine, to build classrooms, toilet facilities etc., we were glad to be able to offer it. Training for the workers was required and we were even able to assist in that capacity too. 

'Early Childhood Development' Teacher Training - Graduates of 2013

ECD Student receiving certificate from John Lubbe (CEO; Flying Mission)On 1st of November, honoured guests (including representatives from the University of Botswana, the Botswana Training Authority and Tlokweng Teachers Training College), excited students, their friends and family and members of the Flying Mission family gathered at Open Baptist Church - Blue Tree in Gaborone to celebrate the achievements of the Flying Mission Care Ministries Early Childhood Development (ECD) teacher training graduating class of 2013. 

This training programme, which provides Early Childhood Development (ECD) training (Certificate - Level 3) to pre-school teachers in Botswana using the 'Little Seeds' curriculum, was registered and accredited in February 2011 by BOTA (Botswana Training Authority).  Its clients include pre-school teachers from non-profit day care centres (most serving a high proportion of orphans and vulnerable children) and commercial day care centres (which helps to keep costs down for the non-profit day care centres).

Sunday School Teachers Preparing the Children of Today for Tomorrow

Composite of different etaching methods used during the 'Today For Tomorow' Training and the team of trainers (Bottom Right)On the 12th- 13th October, 5 trainers met with 21 Sunday school teachers at Believers Destiny Academy in Gabane. The teachers had been sent by their churches to receive training on how to present bible teaching, how to disciple and how to impart life skills information (about good health and HIV and AIDS for instance) to children aged 14 years and under using the Today For Tomorrow curriculum.

‘Air Maintenance Engineering Training School’ Graduating Class of 2013

AMETS Graduating Class of 2013On the 25th of October 2013, honoured guests, excited students, friends and members of the Flying Mission family gathered to celebrate the achievements of 11 students who were graduating from Flying Mission Services’ Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training School (AMETS).

Planting Seeds for the Future

School children in Zimbabwe receiving 'Today for Tomorrow' teachingTagwa Chauke, a ‘Life Skills’ trainer with Flying Mission Care Ministries, recently attended training in Mutare (Zimbabwe), to equip her to train people to run the ‘Today for Tomorrow’ course. This course, produced by SIM (Serving In Mission), is aimed at children aged under 14 years and teaches them about discipleship, good health and the issue of HIV and AIDS.  It extends beyond direct teaching to children as it includes care givers in the training, and provides one-on-one follow-up and individual and family counselling where required.

One Year in Botswana

Katrin Loesch; Short-Term missionary with Flying MissionKatrin Lösch, a member of ‘Liebenzeller Mission’ in Germany, arrived in Botswana at the start of September 2012 as a short-term missionary. Since then she has been involved in a wide variety of work and ministries. As she approaches the end of her time here it seemed like a good opportunity to ask her what she has been up to, what things have challenged her, and what things have blessed her most.

Katrin says, “I have always had a heart for Africa but have never been here before, nor indeed done any mission work overseas before” so she was excited to be placed with a German missionary family serving in Gaborone. Her main role has been German language practice and teaching with the family’s children (on a part time basis as the children are schooling). Katrin was also keen to find other opportunities to serve.

Flight of Compassion

Every week FMS does a flight for Airborne Lifeline Foundation, taking a team of doctors out to village clinics throughout Botswana.  Last week Tammi from  Airborne Lifeline called Mark Spicer and inquired about chartering a small Cessna to take a patient from Gaborone to Maun.  When told how long the flight would take in a Cessna, Tammi said she didn't think the patient could cope with a flight that long.  She then asked about chartering the King Air, a faster aircraft, but when Mark told her how much it would cost, she said it exceeded their budget.  When Mark told her that FMS would subsidize the flight, Tammi was elated.  Here is the story of that very special flight ...

As told by Captain Matt Cressman:

Recently I was eating dinner with Jeff Burnham at a great Indian restaurant that we know and love.  He asked me if I could take a medical flight to Maun on his behalf the next morning as he wanted to catch up on some work in the office.  I was thrilled, as I had just returned from a visit to the States and had completed only one flight since coming back.  I was itching to fly some more!

Smiling Faces and Happy Hearts

Children at Rerotlhe Day Care CentreNiki Basel is a short-term missionary from New Zealand who had the opportunity to visit one of Flying Missions’ partner projects; the Rerotlhe Day Care. Read on to find out what she experienced and learnt during her time at the centre ...

Along a dusty, bumpy, dirt road lies Rerotlhe in the settlement of Seherelela.  We arrived to a huddle of blank faces and silent stares; all of the children seemed too frightened to even greet these tall pale-skinned strangers.  Even the greeting of 'dumelang' got no response, so I got down on my knees, looked them in their big dark eyes, smiled and said it again. This time, a few of them cracked a smile.  My attempt at communicating with them with simple English words and many hand motions was failing and I realise they knew very little English.  So I quickly learnt a few Setswana phrases - "Ke bidiwa Niki, wena o mang?", "I am called Niki, and you are?"  This seemed to do the trick and their shyness slowly disappeared as they took turns telling me their names.

Air Ambulance Pilot "On Call"

Nearly all my flying over the last week was for the Flying Mission Services air ambulance mission. FMS has a contract with the Botswana Ministry of Health to provide 24-7-365 air ambulance service to the people of Botswana. Anytime, day or night, FMS has at least one aircraft and one crew (two pilots, a fully qualified medical doctor, and a fully certified paramedic) on call to be airborne in less than an hour. Our mission is to respond anywhere in the country to transport critical patients from remote areas to fully staffed and equipped hospitals. It sounds important, but it's actually much more.

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