In October, GSGC members Karen and Richard Johnson, Kartr Johnson and Peter Macy accompanied 35 LACP (Livingstone Anglican Children’s Program) children along with Father Chikoya on a Career Day Field Trip to the Royal Livingstone Safari Lodge.
Before meeting up with the children, the GSGC members wanted to visit the rock quarry and surrounding area where many of the children from LACP live and either work or accompany their working parents. These are some of the children that Father Chikoya is working with to help educate and create a brighter future. On the way to the quarry, they passed by some of their homes, which were situated in a garbage dump. And when they arrived, they saw people working in the hot sun, breaking rocks. Richard said, “Even though we didn’t speak the same language, two middle –aged women made it clear that the reason they did this work was because they were hungry and needed to eat.” It was a sobering sight for the visitors to see. They left with a deeper appreciation for the work that Father Chikoya is doing and were pleased that GSGC is supporting his efforts.
The members continued on to the activity and feeding center, where they were met by Father Chikoya and 35 very excited kids! They all boarded the chartered bus for the half- hour ride to the Royal Livingstone Safari Lodge. Karen said, “The children began singing at the top of their lungs, raucous, loud and joyous singing for the entire trip! Then the moment we arrived, there was complete silence. You could have heard a pin drop. And the children put on their best behavior to take in this new experience. It was wonderful to be a part of it.”
The Royal Livingstone Safari Lodge was very generous to host their first Career Day Field Trip. They employ about 500 staff and wanted to show the children the diversity of jobs that they might aspire to have one day. They introduced them to butlers, maids, gardeners, public relations staff etc., while emphasizing the importance of getting an education. Included in the tour was a formal presentation, a walk through the buildings and grounds that included an opportunity to see elephants, zebras, giraffe and hippos, much to the amazement and delight of the children (many of whom were actually seeing these animals for the first time). The children and our GSGC members had an unforgettable day and will have precious memories to keep with them for a lifetime.