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Submitted by tamara on 12 June 2009 - 6:34am    

Everybody, meet Freddy

Freddy lives in our house.  He doesn't say too much to me, but I knows he likes me.  I can tell by his smile.  He sleeps in the living room and shares the same love of milk as I have.  (Not many others in the house drink milk)  He has to stay at home nearly everyday, but I don't think he's angry or upset with it.  Honestly, he's the one that has gotten past our skin colour and cultural differences the fastest out of everyone that I've met so far.  I adore him for that.  I know that one day he'll have a lot to say, given time.


Submitted by colleen on 9 June 2009 - 1:50am    


The Malawi WASH Movement Initiative
Last week, Mr. Chuma, the water monitoring assistant I am working with, and myself visited two villages to implement the WASH movement. We spend the afternoons of Monday and Tuesday with the children in Chapamba village and Wednesday and Thursday with the Samson village children. It was awesome to spend the week with children; I too easily forget the magic they are capable of.

Hygiene Village Project

Submitted by tamara on 7 June 2009 - 7:38am    

Hey guys,

I work at Hygiene VIllage Project. (HVP) The office is located in a region of Blantyre called Chilimba and I live in Camussa.  To get there I have started walking rather than mini busing since it only takes half an hour. 


Roy is the boss, he picked me up on his motorbike on the first day of work! Yikes that was a leap of trust (hold on tight).  William is the second hand man, he's 25 and we're beginning to have some good conversations about the poverty situation and talking about Malawi's history and why a lot of Africa is poor.  Cecilia is the field workin lady, she's 26 and is also great at helping me learn Chichewa.

But lets get down to the chase:  What IS Happening at HVP???

Well, there's tones going on, but I'll begin with our vision, (as I can remember it):

What I *think* I am doing here...

Submitted by colleen on 28 May 2009 - 3:56am    


I have spent the last two days on the back of a moto flying through the hills and down the rutted paths of the Mzimba district. Mr. Chuma, the water monitoring assistant (WMA) I am working with, and I visited seven villages to set up times for implementing Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and the Malawi WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) Movement Initiative. Both programs are similar in terms of the desired outcomes: empowering communities to adopt the use of latrines with a drop-hole cover. 


Submitted by tamara on 27 May 2009 - 5:28am    

Just letting you all know I bought a cell phone for 1900 kwacha (about 20 canadian dollars) and you will be able to contact me if you wish at this number: (and I'd be thrilled to hear from any of you, call or text)



(the Malawian area code is the 265 part and the cell number is the 099 580 0923 part)


Malawi time is 7 hours ahead of Canada.

zikomo kumbiree

Blantyre, Malawi

Submitted by tamara on 23 May 2009 - 7:08am    

Mswela Bwang,


I am in my new home.  I live with a pastor and his family.  There are about 7 people in the house, (different people come and go) There are 3 bedrooms, a living room, a small kitchen and that's it.  The latrine is outside on the hill and a bath house is just right outside too.  So one of the biggest changes I am faced with is the fact that we have no running water.  Washing your hands is a burdon.  I have taken it for granted so much in Canada, and the bath house is new to me too.  Goodbye showers, hello basin of water and a cup.


Mzimba, Malawi

Submitted by colleen on 20 May 2009 - 7:50am    


I am finally in Mzimba where I will be spending my next three months volunteering at the District Water Office (DWO) working in the Water and Sanitation sector.  After a five hour bus ride from Lilongwe, I arrived here last Sunday evening with my coach, Alynne.  We spent the night in a guesthouse just outside of the boma where we were treated with a delicious supper and hot showers (I shared mine with a frog!).  On Monday morning, Mr. Dambula, the man I will be working for/with this summer, came to collect us and brought us to the office.  Mr. Dambula is one of the most inspirational and intelligent beings I have ever met; I feel very privileged to be working with him and I know that he will teach me alot this summer.  

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