Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Our First Loss

This past week we had our first theft at our property in the village. It wasn't much (3 bags of cement), but it did provide a good learning experience. I got to be part of something that I've never been part of before. A meeting with the headmen to discuss the theft and plan a way forward.

Zambian culture is definitely different than ours. To settle disputes in the village, you usually call 2-3 of the headmen and meet to discuss. This discussion went really well. Even though we didn't manage to get to the bottom of who took the cement, we were treated as part of the community. That was a big step in and of itself!

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