I have been thoroughly enjoying The Piri-Piri Lexicon’s “Show Me Your Neighborhood Around The World” series and today I am thrilled to participate and share some photos of a rural community close to our home. The idea is for people in a wide variety of locations to share photos of typical scenes in their area, click over for a photographic journey around the world.
We live in a forest conservancy in Zambia which is about an hour’s drive from the nearest community. Here are some photographs taken near our camp and in one rural community that is located about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from us.
This is the road just outside our camp. Most rural roads in Zambia are unpaved.
This is the closet market to our home. On a busy day it will have fresh vegetables at the outdoor stands and the shops will have a selection of items including biscuits, sweets, flour, sugar, cooking oil, salt, soap, washing powder and clothes. On this particular day there was a funeral and so it was only the goats enjoying the market.
Most rural homes are built with mud bricks and thatched or tin roofs. Each family will generally have a number of small houses built within close proximity to each other. Some buildings are used for specific purposes like storing grain or cooking and others are used for sleeping. Families generally separate with the boys and girls sleeping in different huts. The head of the household usually has the largest house which he shares with his wife. He may have more than one wife and many children so there may be several huts in a homestead.
This is a community school that serves 169 students from grade 1 to 7. The school was built a few years ago by a local mining company but most are either built by the community themselves or sometimes with government funds. You can read more about this school and the challenges it faces here.
A Playground or Play Area:
I haven’t ever seen a playground in rural Zambia but every community I have visited does have a football (soccer to Americans) field and many also have netball courts. Netball is a popular women’s sport throughout Zambia, a relic of English colonialism. It is similar to basketball but the players cannot move when they have possession of the ball so there is no dribbling, just passing, pirouetting and shooting. The goal posts and netball hoops almost never have nets and are usually made out of local materials.
A Form of Transportation:
Most people in rural areas get around by foot or on bicycle. There are also various forms of public transport available on main roads, which would be about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from this particular community. Minibuses connect small towns, villages and trading centers along the main roads and large buses or luxury coaches travel to and from all the major towns and cities.
The Camp We Live In:
I wrote about our new home just three months ago and it is now time to move on again. This is the camp that we have called home since early July. It has presented some challenges but, overall, the girls have loved the freedom they have found here. We are looking forward to exploring a new neighborhood and starting our next adventure very soon, but I will be posting more about that a little later.
What does your neighborhood look like?