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Some more excellent work done by my fellow VSO volunteer, the super enthusiastic Doris! She’s based in Blantyre, working with CEPA (Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy). We had tried to arrange for the iHRIS team to provide this training but scheduling proved difficult. iHRIS end user training is now in progress – more on that to come! Luckily, Andrew (boyfriend of…

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A to Z: E is for… ESCOM

ESCOM - The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi is a government owned company and the only electricity supplier in Malawi.

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Field trip to Kumbali Cultural Village. Thank you Barbara!

On the 1st March, as part of the farewell to the kids, I took them on a final field trip to the Kumbali Cultural Village. It’s located within Lilongwe, about 2 km from the end of President’s Way.

Thank you to Barbara, a fellow VSO volunteer who has since returned home, for funding this whole activity!

We hired a rather nice and new minibus from a neighbour in Area 11. Considering how the…

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End of Service: 1. Recognition of feelings 2. Accept feelings of loss 3. Prepare for separation…

“End of Service” is the phrase VSO uses when a volunteer completes their placement.

This is what I’m currently preparing for because I am completing my placement and going home next Sunday! A few months ago, after a long think and chat with family and close friends, I decided to amend my placement duration from 2 years to 18 months. I need to go home for family and professional reasons. The UK…

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A to Z: D is for… Dzaleka and “DAPP”, not GAP!

d.light - A good range of solar lights sold here in Malawi. A couple of these lights were our saving grace when there used to be frequent load-shedding power cuts, which results in darkness and inevitable delay to dinner!

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Land and Lake Photo Competition - WINNER! :-) Thank you @LandLakeSafaris

Hot off the press!

From the Land & Lake Safaris Facebook page (link here!):-
Here’s our winning photo by Herman Fung! We were in a Luangwa Valley Camping Safari at the Thornicroft Lodge, South Luangwa between 8-11 October 2013. This Leopard was already surrounded by several jeeps when we arrived. It wasn’t particularly impressed that we disturbed its rest from the midday heat. However, it…

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iHRIS Developer Training and photo competition

This is slightly old news now.  It actually happened before we went live, back in January. So much has happened recently, you’ll be reading quite a few catch-up posts soon!

See my colleague Oli’s blog post about the iHRIS Developer TrainingCourse he organised for our Malawian counterparts, which went very well. The challenge now is keeping that momentum going until all the requirements have been…

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The joy of teaching nursing students in Malawi

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The poster boy of VSO Malawi (also my barber and close friend), David Atherton, explaining his work as a nurse tutor to the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Sometimes, working here can be tough. Especially as a volunteer who is trying to introduce change – Change to make things better; Not everyone is as open to change. But David’s attitude and enthusiasm is exemplary. We definitely…

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As part of the Breakfast Club, Thursdays are “class days”. Depending on whether I get home from work late, it usually runs from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

Using the whiteboard and stationery bought with FOMA funds, we do simple exercises like spelling, mathematics, IT and most recently, learning how to use a dictionary.

Yesterday’s exercise was translating Chichewa words into their English meaning, which…

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MoH IT Drop-In Session - Wed 5 March 7:30-9:00 am at the Library

After IT School for the kids, it’s time for the adults!

Next Wednesday morning, we are running an IT Drop-In Session for our colleagues at the Ministry of Health.

Informal. No agendas. Everyone welcomed!

MoH IT Drop-In Session Flyer

Wednesday 5 March 7:30-9:00 am at the Library

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