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Muslim Wedding, Track Meet, and Work!

Submitted by william on 9 June 2008 - 10:34am    

I had quite an exciting weekend!  On Friday I attended my first Muslim wedding!  It was quite the experience.  I was invited by the bride-groom, Twaheed (probably not the right spelling), to come out on Friday and join the festivities.  I started asking about the wedding and he said that it happened over the course of three days.  From what I understand the first two days are mostly formal, and the last day (the day I attended) is a big party.  He hired a DJ and rented speakers for the dance, and invited what seemed like most of the neighborhood.  It was r

Whats going on with Alison?

Submitted by alison on 31 May 2008 - 12:34pm    


Pictures of my journey so far

Submitted by alison on 31 May 2008 - 11:12am    

Near the lake fishermen and children gather.  There are countless numbers of different kinds of fish.  It seems every night there are different fish on my plate.  Often the little fish are dried and then taken into town.  The big ones are more expensive and sold fresh.

Looking at beautiful lake Malawi.  I think this one speaks for itself.

2nd week

Submitted by alison on 26 May 2008 - 11:50pm    

 This week at work I have been mostly in the field and not reading so many documents. In the field the activities I am involved in include community mapping, community action pans, assessment of school pit latrines, overall progress of villages, making appointments and visiting healthy centers. In the office I am helping put some data in with my co-worker Mike.


Submitted by william on 23 May 2008 - 9:51am    

I know I said I'd write about my host family this time, but as I spend more time with them I realize that the little I know wouldn't do them justice. I will post about them when I feel I am less ignorant about the lives they lead. In the mean time I want to talk about the children in Yendi and some of the opportunites and threats that sit on their horizon.

My First week

Submitted by alison on 18 May 2008 - 11:36pm    

I have now had my first week in Malawi. I had my in country training for the weekend then traveled to Salima. I am staying with 2 women, a 2 year old boy, 2 girls that are 12 and 14. The house has a fence, running water and electricity. It is very nice here but I am trying to find somewhere with no running water or electricity so that I can be outside my comfort zone. The mother of the household is the only one who speaks English so I am trying to find other ways to communicate with the others. I am slowly learning

I'm in Yendi!

Submitted by william on 13 May 2008 - 12:21pm    

I've arrived in Ghana! After flying into Accra, Mary Roach, an EWB long term overseas volunteer (LTOV) picked us up and escorted us to the Kokomlemle guest house. We went out for our first meal in Ghana, then returned back to the guest house to grab as much sleep as we could before catchig the 13 hour bus ride to Tamale at 6 in the morning.

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