Foto’s Blog: Making Friends in Jungle Junction Zambia

Oct 12, 2010   //   Foto's Blog, Zambia  //  Comments Off on Foto’s Blog: Making Friends in Jungle Junction Zambia


Phodographer Samantha Coffin in Jungle Junction, Zambia May 2010

Samantha recounts: I can’t believe it feels like just yesterday I was backpacking through Zambia, a small butterfly shaped country in Africa. Zambia was full of life, spirit and love yet on every street corner in the city of Livingstone stores were closed and poverty was everywhere. I then left the city to go to Jungle Junction, with backpackers on an island in the middle of the Zambezi river. The island was far from the city and deep down dirt roads. Immediately I was greeted by the families living on the edge of the river. Each day we were canoed back to the main land and learned from the community. After a few days of cultural orientation I decided to introduce Dog Meets World to all my new friends. They first prepared a huge traditional meal of pumpkin leaves, okra and several other dishes. I then showed the adults what I was going to do and quickly the news spread throughout the community. They were the most quiet, gentle and most appreciative people I had ever met throughout my entire abroad experience.

Now that I am back in Massachusetts, wrapping up my senior year of college, I still keep in touch with the woman that runs the backpackers group, Evelyn Roe. She is helping the community build a school so the children can actually attend grammar school instead of walking many miles or never attending any proper school. I only saw as concrete blocks.

Dog Meets World is more than taking a picture and handing it to a child. It is about building international relationships, becoming part of communities and becoming a part of a new family. I will always be welcome as a member of the Jungle Junction family.

Take a picture, hand it over with a smile and a hug and spread the love!

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