This past week we spent time out in another one of the four communities Hands at Work supports in Malawi – Mncheneka Community. It would have to be the largest community we have visited so far. So large that it is broken into 4 regions, of which 3 are running their own Care Centres which include a Nursery School and a daily feeding point (the fourth area are currently doing home visits, but have yet to start a care point with a feeding program or a nursery school). To give you an idea of the distance, the first day we
As is our routine here in Malawi, Tuesday through Thursday each week we head out to stay in one of the Communities. This week Maonde, approx 22km from Dedza, was our destination. The journey to Maonde comprised a 40 min taxi ride to the junction, and then a 1.5hr bicycle taxi from the junction to Maonde. This was our first ride in an African taxi. That in itself was quite the experience! Think a mini van, that in Australian standards would likely not pass rego, that they then cram with people, probably 20+ people before we can begin the journey.
We have arrived back “home” in Dedza after our community stay these past 3 days in Mngwere. Its always such a privilege to be able to live in a community for a few days, to be welcomed into someone’s home, and really get to know a community. We had a brilliant time! Not to mention a fun journey, to community and back, via bicycle taxi for the 12km journey which took 1.5 hours due to the poor quality of the “roads”. A great way to take in the beautiful Malawi countryside! Although a little challenging on the back side at
Mwadzuka bwanji – Good Morning – in the local language Chichewa. We have only been in Malawi for 4 days and already we feel so welcome and so at home. Malawi really is “the warm heart of Africa”. The first thing that immedietely stands out is just how genuinely friendly the people are. We arrived mid morning Friday where we were picked up from the airport by Royie who heads up the Malawi team and made the 2hr drive from Lilongwe airport to Dedza town that is now home for the month. After initial introductions at the Service Centre, we