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Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe July 5th 2016

Travel back to Lilongwe Malawi was long and uneventful. The border crossing was very slow. It was time to wrap up our trip and prepare to go home. We had a great group dinner at a local restaurant where many of us chose burgers and steak. I think we were all hankering for familiar food. The morning of our departure the Habitat staff came to take many of us to a Habitat sponsored water and sanitation project. As one of the fastest urbanizing countries in the world, the housing and health situation in Malawi’s cities is desperate. People come to the cities to seek economic stability, only to find no work and limited shelter options. Growing numbers of overcrowded, low infrastructure slums border the city limits of Lilongwe. In partnership with the government and other NGOs, ... read more
Ecosan latrine
Bore Hole
The well

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe June 26th 2016

I am writing you from the last leg of our long journey to Malawi. Our flights through Washington DC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia were uneventful. I’ve never been on a plane with more children than the long flight to Addis. I figured I would take this time to introduce you to our partner families. Anne Eliya is a widow who lost her husband some years back. She currently takes care of her 6 children, ranging in age from 4 – 16. Anne engages in farming to earn a living and support her family. Anne, lives in a dilapidated house with one broken window. The house is built with unburnt bricks (made with just dirt and water) and thatched grass roof. The house leaks heavily during the rainy season. In her own words Anne says “I’m not happy ... read more
Malawi Day One Dinner

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe June 26th 2016

Very nice lodge. We will spend the night here three different nights. Able to purchase wifi for the length of the visit for only a few dollars. ... read more
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Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe June 26th 2016

Glad chose to get up early to attend the English language worship service at Capital City Baptist Church. Amazing sermon focusing on different types of followers using the resurrection story in John. ... read more
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Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe June 25th 2016

After several long flights, arrived safely in Malawi. Will spend the night at Kuka Executive Lodge in Lilongwe. Gorgeous country. Saw some poinsettia bushes during walk to a local market. Feel spoiled by the delicious food. Tonight will mark the first time sleeping under a mosquito net. For the Malawi part of the trip, Sabrina and I share a room ... read more
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Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe May 28th 2016

Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721Were packed up and ready to go by the time John, Morphy's brother showed up to take us to the border with Malawi. He had grown up in Mufwe and knew most of the workers in the camp. Really interested in marketing himself in the transfer business.Get to the Zambian border and clear it with no problem. There was a breakdown in communication about who should drive over to the other side. Ended up with Bizwik drivi ng over to the Zambian side and taking us to clear customs.Here is where the problems happened and another rude awakening. We were told since we did not transit straight through Malawi, we were not eligible for the transit visa and would have to pay the regular visa of $75 each instead of the $50 each for ... read more
From South Luangwa Zambia to Lilongwe Malawi
From South Luangwa Zambia to Lilongwe Malawi
From South Luangwa Zambia to Lilongwe Malawi

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe April 27th 2016

Geo: -13.9808, 33.7721Finished up our packing and were ready to head out. Called Uber to take us to the airport and were able to get to the airport in under 30 minutes!!United has a new check in procedure there. You self check in, get your boarding passes and luggage tags and then you go to the check in counter where they weigh your luggage and then you are checked in and ready to go through security.Right before we went to sleep on Monday, Robert checked the news and Lufthansa airlines was having to cancel flights because of a ground employees strike. On Monday they had cancelled 900 flights but our flights from San Francisco to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Johannesburg were still flying. Then to further complicate matters, there had been a security issue with the ... read more
scenes around Llongwe
scenes around Llongwe
scenes around Llongwe

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe November 13th 2015

Lsst week teaching part 2 I'm trying to get everything finished before I leave. I'm providing a lunch for the main workers, the Landirani team from the office, and the staff of the school. Chicken, rice and nsima, cabbage, squash to drink, and an apple to finish. That will be on Tuesday, so Irene, the assistant librarian and I will go into Lumbadzi on Monday; hopefully I can take the truck. I have driven it before, but only on the dirt road, but it’s no bigger than my van. Thursday morning I'm up early so go and wait for the woodman. He passes each morning before 6am with the back of his bike piled high with sticks of firewood. Unfortunately Bear's friend Lion sees me and attacks my skirt, (I'm wearing a nightie with a long ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe November 11th 2015

Last week teaching Friday I came back from town squashed in the Landirani van with loads of shredded paper from the local secondary school. We got the briquette maker last week. I'm intending to make some briquettes with the Standard 7’s and get them to write it up. It all fits with the Sam's Village sustainability aspect. Apparently the kids may not be interested in the deforestation problem, but may be caught by the free fuel aspect. They can all have a free briquette, but after I'm gone someone else will have to carry on supervising the kids. We had à big spider in the chim (loo). Not just in the shack, but actually in the box. He ran down when I lifted the lid, but there's always the worry that he’ll run back up. It ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe November 5th 2015

Eighth week teaching Monday I went to M’bang’ombe school to deliver the wordcards I'd promised them. Then into the CBCC to take in some things I'd made. Passing the ball round and saying names, animals and food went very well, as did a little song. We tried out the animal puzzles I'd made and they were far too difficult: in fact one of the helpers couldn't do them, so I took them away to make them easier. I felt Ike Oscar Wilde, who'd spent a busy day on his poem; he spent the morning putting in a comma, and the afternoon taking it out. I spent yesterday afternoon cutting pictures into four pieces, and this afternoon, sticking them back together to make two-piece puzzles. Earlier I took the Standard 6 learners in groups. I only managed ... read more




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