A short history of Livingstone accommodation

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Owner of the Guest Mate Inn, General Kapawa shares some history on the town of Livingstone, Livingstone accommodation, and the background and aims of the Livingstone Lodge and Guest House Association. Continue reading

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The Give Movement Journey

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Sandy Salle, owner and founder of Hills of Africa Travel and co-founder of the Give Movement Journey gives us a stunning write-up on the Give Movement Journey, what inspired her to start it, her experiences last year, and last but not least, how participants can join ….

Originally from Zimbabwe, I have always dreamed of leading a movement to help give back to the local people of Africa. I wasn’t quite clear on what that movement would be or how I would get it off the ground. But that all changed after I booked a trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe for internationally renowned business coach and New York Times best selling author Suzanne Evans.

An idea that will change lives
Upon her arrival back home, Suzanne had a completely new perspective on the big “why” she does what she does in this world. She came to me with the idea of starting a movement in Africa where we would gather like-minded entrepreneurs, small business owners, leaders and philanthropists each year, people who were eager to change lives and empower others; Hills of Africa Travel would plan all of the logistics of these life altering journeys, including a Habitat for Humanity project in Zambia’s Linda Compound.

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The Give Movement Journey
So, in 2012, Suzanne Evans and Hills of Africa Travel combined forces to start an epic movement in Africa: The Give Movement Journey.

These transformational journeys include the opportunity to work as a collective in collaborating with local Zimbabwean women to help them build their own businesses and building a Habitat for Humanity house in Zambia for a family in need.

Last year, we built a home in the Linda Compound for two orphaned sisters, Abigail and Lydia, now aged 17 and 7 – two of the brightest and most grateful girls I have ever met. They were living in their grandfather’s house with 10 other people. The house we built was located right next to their grandfather’s home. Now, thanks to the Habitat for Humanity home we built for them, Abigail and Lydia live in their own home.

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Educational sponsorships
We wanted to give them more than a home; so we decided to include an education too! We funded a year of schooling for them and plan to do so each year until they graduate.

We even took them to their first day of school whilst we were in Zambia. They were both so excited to start their day at school that they were ready an hour before we even picked them up.

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When we arrived at the Linda Compound School we met with the principal who was so helpful and assisted the girls in registering for classes. Lydia was in first grade and Abigail was put into the 6th grade class. Their smiles were absolutely infectious as they walked into their new classrooms.

To be a part of the Give Movement Journey is to be a part of something extraordinary; something that changes the lives of locals in Zambia, as well as the lives of women in Zimbabwe.

Participants of the Give Movement Journey often include leaders, philanthropists, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are eager to put their knowledge and physical stamina to good use in helping the locals of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We would be absolutely delighted if you would join us on our third annual Give Movement Journey and help make a difference in the lives of local Africans, and also help you, like Suzanne Evans before you, recognize the big “why” you do what you do in this world.

Participants can learn more about these journeys by visiting the links below or by contacting me at sandy@hillsofafrica.com or via phone at 800.940.9344.

Give Movement Journey website

Give Movement Journey Facebook Page

Give Movement Journey video

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A reflection on Zambia’s 50 years of Independence

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As we prepare to celebrate Zambia’s 50th year of Independence, I would like to share my personal thoughts on the subject.

Is Zambia really developing as it should?
Zambia is one of the developing countries in the southern region of Africa, making its way to being developed and with a real potential to develop to a high standard. But Zambia’s Independence Day is not so important to me because I feel that most countries that achieved independence after Zambia are doing much better than Zambia. When Zambia was getting independence, people celebrated ignoring the fact that Zambia lacked capability in handling national and economic issues. This incompetence has meant that Zambia has developed slower than it should, allowing countries like South Africa to overtake it. What is the point of achieving and celebrating independence if people cannot enjoy the benefits of development?

A reflection on Zambia`s 50 years of Indepence

Access to information is 
fundamental
I try to imagine life without internet, face book or any social media. Imagine life without the capacity to search online or download movies or even have a local library to go to. Where would we turn to learn about new things and to gather information? Amazingly this is reality for millions of people in Zambia today. Even for those who potentially have access to these things, everything appears to be very expensive and unavailable.

I look forward to a time when fast internet will be available to everyone. But for now I guess we have to work with what is available – slow internet connections and the inability to access information.

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Education is key
What is the point of independence when people lack the basic needs of life? If people were to be exposed to education, lives would improve drastically. This would bring a change in perception allowing people an opportunity to look at life at a different angle. Corruption and bad decision making has also contributed to the cost of living leading to more poverty. What is the point of independence when more people are dropping out of school because of funds? Everyone is hoping for divine intervention to create a shift in the economy.

I look forward to a time when independence will become a reality; a time when the Zambian Government will see to it that people have free education allowing everyone an opportunity to develop regardless of their different backgrounds. They say every journey begins with a single step. Maybe these should be Zambia`s first steps – who knows.

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Healthy foods for healthy bones – by Umoyo Natural Health

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Is your body acidic or alkaline? and why should you care?
We’ve all been taught that milk helps to build healthier bones. But it turns out this is just not true. Milk actually contributes to an acidic environment in the body creating weak bones and an optimal environment for disease. In fact most of the foods we eat are acidic, leading to acidic bodies.

Essentially, to be healthy, our blood needs to be slightly alkaline at a pH of around 7.36. Commonly consumed highly acidic foods include meat, dairy (including milk), processed foods (crisps, biscuits, white bread, crackers etc.), soft drinks and sugared snacks. These are the worst offenders for creating acidic people! Conversely, raw fresh fruit and vegetables are alkaline, raising our pH to a more alkaline state. Unfortunately most people eat way too much of the acidic foods like meat and diary, and much too few raw fresh fruit and vegetables. Typically this happens for years on end.

What happens when our blood becomes acidic?
When our blood starts to become acidic, the body needs to adjust. In order to adjust to a more alkaline state, the body pulls alkaline minerals, such as calcium, from your bones. By robbing calcium from your bones, your pH can become more alkaline which helps with your body’s immediate problem; but for your bones, it creates longer term problems. And there are many other health problems associated with having an acidic diet and body.

Dr. Robert Young tells us in ‘the pH Miracle’, that just about all health problems stem from our bodies being acidic. This is in part because parasites, bad bacteria, viruses and candida (yeast) overgrowth all thrive in acidic environments. These micro-organisms however cannot survive in an alkaline body.

In fact it’s also been found that cancer doesn’t do well in an alkaline environment, and is most often found in bodies with a pH of around 4 or 5, which is highly acidic. The fact that forty percent of the population are expected to have, or already have, a problem with cancer at some point in their lives, says a lot about the acidic nature of people these days, caused largely by what we eat.

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The pH scale
On the pH scale, 7 is neutral, anything above 7 is alkaline and anything below 7 is acidic. pH is essentially a measure of the proportion of oxygen to hydrogen. Substances and bodies with more oxygen than hydrogen will be on the alkaline side; whereas those with more hydrogen than oxygen fall on the acidic side. Pesticides and chemicals in our foods and environment are also acidic. Soft drinks, just so you know, have a pH of between 2.4 and 4 – so stay away from them!

Good sources of calcium
The robbing of calcium means weak bones are created over time. We regularly see this after about 50 or 60 years of acidic dietary habits, when bones break easily and osteoporosis is common.

If you’re wondering where to get your calcium for healthier bones, now that you know that milk isn’t helping, the answer is in green leafy vegetables. These provide an abundant source of calcium that is bio-available, meaning that it’s easy for your body to absorb. Nuts and seeds are also a great source, especially sesame seeds. So, to ensure you have healthy bones and reduce the risk of cancer, go for the green leafy vegetable and other unprocessed foods and drinks. 

This article was submitted by the Umoyo Health Clinic. Kim Otterby, Umoyo’s founder, drinks a green smoothie every single day, in order to keep her body alkaline, and takes a fantastic green superfood combination – ‘Green Power’ with A Vogel’s Multiforce Alkaline Powder.

Want to find out if your body is acidic? Then visit Umoyo Health Clinic for a Live Blood Analysis. For quality health foods and supplements, visit an Umoyo Health Shop near you.

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The Fifth Annual Potjie Cook-off in Siavonga, Zambia

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the fifth ever Potjie Cook-off at the wonderful Eagles Rest in Siavonga! I’m your host with the most roast, Benny Blow! This year’s competition promises to be more heated than ever before, we have a spicy blend of contestants! Haha, yes, I can’t wait to see—and taste!–what everybody here will be cooking! Continue reading

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