Saturday found our Bike Zambia riders visiting CIDRZ in Lusaka to speak with peer educators about the work they do with HIV positive teens.
When one is diagnosed with HIV, taking care to follow a strict antiretroviral routine is the key to staying healthy. Logistically, this means taking 1-3 pills every morning and every night. Failure to do this regularly, can cause more problems than not taking your drugs at all. CIDRZ recognizes that HIV positive teenagers are the group that is most likely to laps in their treatment, so they provide peer educator led support groups. Many of the teens who lead the groups have been in support groups themselves since they were young and help teens like themselves improve their self esteem, encourage them to follow their prescription regimens and remind them that with proper care (self care and medical care) testing positive for HIV is not a death sentence. The teens we spoke with were eloquent, inspiring and downright adorable. Their zest for life is contagious and reminds us that with the right attitude, support and care, anything is possible and nothing is to much for people to overcome.
After a lovely morning with CIDRZ we fought the ever present Lusaka traffic to visit Lusaka’s end of month craft fair. We took the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Zambian culture and explore the local crafts, goods and people. Zambian people are, without fail, friendly, interesting and so genuinely interested in our stories it is nearly impossible to not feel a part of the community. Ok, we did a little shopping, too.
Back at camp we got our bikes! Riders were fitted, saddles and peddles were swapped and we took a little ride around camp to get a feel for our new best friends. After days of travel and beneficiary visits, it was lovely to stretch our legs a bit and remind ourselves how much fun we’re about to have.
It was almost as fun as the Zebras. Camping at Eureka Camping Lodge means that we have the incredible opportunity to see Zebras wander through your campground while you’re relaxing before dinner. While these wild animals are used to having people around, they are far from tame. We take care not to spook them or harass them, but they have no problem coming right up into our campsite.