Jul 23, 2013

Day 4 - Northrise/Fatmols

Today was another good day. We started the morning in class, where were learned more about operations strategy. We played a wonderful game that replicated a typical manufacturing process and demonstrated the twill killers of the manufacturing process (dependency, or one step in the process relying on another, and variability, variations in output). 

For lunch we had the typical fare of nshema, greens, and chicken (it is still just as good as the first time). We also got to see Malingua (I hope I spelled that correctly!), who came to Baylor this past spring and shared his powerful story with our management class. Malingua married his wife Helen last month and will be moving to Waco in August and will be attending Truett seminary this fall. 

On the way to our tour today, I got a brief lesson in Bemba from one of the Zambian students. So here are a few saying you can try if you are interested: 

- Mulishani - How are you?
- Bwino - Fine/Well
- Natasha/Natotela - Thank you
- Mwabuka Shani - Good Morning
- Shani - Hi
- Menshi - Water
- Mulale Bwino - Good Night

After lunch we went to Fatmols Lodge, a local lodge and conference center. Fatmols is the company that my group has been assigned to, so we will meet with them next Monday morning to discuss how we can best serve them through the project. Fatmols was a very interesting company and I certainly look forward to working with them over the coming weeks. 

We did have an interesting experience today. After discussing the company for a few hours, we went on a tour of the facility. We walked through the conference rooms and got to see a few of the lodges as well. The lodges were all occupied, so they let us peek in briefly. In one of the lodges, there was a large fake penis sitting on the table...   Come to find out, one of the groups using the conference facilities was there for sex education (or something similar), and the penis was a teaching tool. Needless to say that object caused a bit of a stir for our group...

Muale Bwino (Good Night)!



  1. Enjoying reading your posts. So glad to hear you are having such an exciting adventure. Enjoy!

  2. That's so fun that you're learning some words in Bemba! Too funny about the sex organ on the table. hahaha :) I miss you and can't wait to see you in a couple weeks, but it sounds like you're having a blast.