Darious Chanda, pictured with his bike, was born in February of 1978 in Kapiri Mpohi, Zambia.  He does not know the day of his birth. When he was two years old his mother died.  He lived with his father until he turned 17 at which time his father died.  We never ask our students why their parents died but statically one in five of all Zambian adults have HIV and medical care is poor in the cities and almost non-existent in the bush. 
Approximately 65% of all Zambians live in the “bush” and eek out an existence by farming, raising a few chickens and owning a goat.  Darious was resourceful and somehow put himself through high school.   He is in a very unique situation.  He was accepted by the Zambian Government to teach at an African bush school under the ZSF’s Adopt a School program without having gone to teacher’s college—the Zambian Government has an extremely difficult time finding teachers willing to go into the African bush to teach because there is no running water, electricity, stores or any other conveniences.   The ZSF pays him a salary to teach in the bush.   He teaches for two terms and then goes to the Kasama Teacher’s College for two terms.  He will be through with Teacher’s College (a three year program that only qualifies the student to teach at a primary school) in a year and a half.  He uses his own bike to go to Kasama once a month to pick up his paycheck.  It is 85 kilometers (53 miles) from his teaching job to Kasama.  It takes him 6 hours.  He stays overnight with a relative in Kasama on these trips.  He purchases his groceries for the month in Kasama and straps them down on his bike and returns 53 miles to his job the next day.  He lives in a small shack that has a door and a very small window.  He told me when I asked that none of the people in the bush feed him.  Sometimes he has to borrow food to make it to the next paycheck and he pays the people back when he gets his next paycheck.  Sometimes he had to make the trip into town twice in a month to buy groceries.  Like everyone else in the bush he cooks over firewood or charcoal.  He likes soccer and says he has made some friends in the bush.  He seems content with his life and will probably teach in the bush for many years to come.  He is very thankful for his job.