Friday, April 30, 2010

Wilhelmus vahan Nahasauwe

The Dutch ambassador hosted a really nice party in his lovely garden for Queensday! I had haring, cheese and bitterballen

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Keep Choma clean and healthy week

The council is responsible for waste management in Choma township. Waste is collected from bins in the town centre and from waste collection bays in certain residential areas and markets and delivered to the official dumping site on land near to the airstrip.There is no systematic waste collection service in the majority of residential areas or from individual house and businesses. In Zambia the most common method of domestic and commercial waste management is by burning or burying on the premises.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

little moments

For all the baby boys recently born back home: Simon, Yves, Thimo and Mees and their moms!

Monday, April 26, 2010

building bricks

The bricks that are used are 100% homemade; they are all piled up, covered with mud and grasses. In the holes on the bottom a fire is made and the bricks are baked in their own oven. My colleague here disputes the quality of them and the illegal gravel excavating for the production causes other problems.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

the sweetest town

Mazabuka is another small town 2 hours north of Choma. It is famous for its endless fields of sugarcane. This attribute is well used by the city marketing. I was more interested in some references of the "planned" market.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Finally, the parcel from the Netherlands has arrived in Choma! thanks

Saturday, April 17, 2010

do what I do, I do, I do

VSO volunteers work on varying projects. In Livingstone they support childrens projects among other things. I joined on a gathering for children aged between 2 and 16.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sunset Boulevard

The Falls again offered an awesome view, on the left you can see the smoke of the falls.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cat Street?

Most of the streets in Choma had no names, a list of proposed names was found and assigned to several streets. However we need much more streetnames!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Where the wild flowers grow

"Those are no flowers, they are just grasses, no I don’t think they will grow though it looks colourful”

Friday, April 9, 2010

one, four, five

Surface of Den Haag is 98 km² and 800 DSO colleagues versus surface of Choma District is 7300 km² and having 9 colleagues at the Planning Department. So everyone gives a hand when something has to be surveyed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Just an impression of rural life in Zambia

S16 13.981 E26 55.156 Muluma Borehole

The goal is repairing a borehole in Mapanza that hadn’t been used since it was installed by a NGO in 2008. It is sad to see that they just constructed a borehole without involving the local government and community. Now the NGO is gone, reporting to its donors that they did so many good projects.. meanwhile they forgot to train someone for maintenance or after care and today we found out that it was also very bad constructed.

participatory process

16 women: nurses, police, teachers, civil officers and business women gathered today for a workshop about the Integrated Development Plan. We had an interesting discussion after the SWOT analysis was presented by each group.

Monday, April 5, 2010

circle of life

Unbelievable! On our way back the rainbow made a wonderful perfect round!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The madness of king scar

Zim or zam?
Trillionaire or millionaire?
Tourist or resident?
Falls or Falls?
Eastern craft hunting and Banana pancakes!

Friday, April 2, 2010

bittersweet medicine

Tonic contains kinine, which was used to prevent malaria. You need a daily supply of 80L to prevent yourself these days....Although there is not much of its medical use left today, it is still a favourite in de tropicswith gin.