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A to Z: I is for @iHRIS

  • iHRIS – see all related posts here.

There are many reasons I went to Malawi, back in October 2012. As I discovered after arriving, iHRIS was probably the biggest reason of them all.

It is the system (and project of the same name) commissioned by the Ministry of Health, to be their new human resources management information system: a database of their healthworkers. VSO were engaged to support its…

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I must admit that I was very confused when I first heard about the Hash. It was very soon after I arrived in Malawi and I genuinely thought people were advertising drugs on Lilongwe Chat!

Anyway, I was soon enlightened by my housemate Robin, who is a keen runner and explained that it is in fact an international group of…

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Herman Fung 馮學文:

A poignant farewell blog post from my fellow VSO volunteer. Well said Jess! I miss Malawi. Its good will, adventure and all its frustrations, too.

Originally posted on Malawi Nearly There Yet:

Over the past month that I have been back in the UK I have been trying to find the words to put in a final blog on my life in Malawi. I have failed miserably in this task and have now come…

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Tree surgery, Malawian style!

Chichewa word of the day: Mtengo

Meaning: Tree

Just before I left Malawi, another volunteer, Catherine, moved into the other VSO house, 2 doors down from mine and Robin‘s place.

One of the very large trees in her garden has just been chopped down, Malawian style! Visit her blog post here.

Equipped only with a panga knife. Not even a rope.

Equipped only with a panga knife. Not even a rope.

That's seriously high!

That’s seriously high!

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  • GameGame itself is a South African chain of general merchandise retailer / department store. The “Game Complex” in Old Town is where most azungus go to do their weekly shop in Lilongwe.
  • Goat - Mbuzi in Chichewa. A serious road hazard because they love crossing when there’s a car approaching!
  • Goat stew – My favourite traditional Malawian dish. Especially when it’s cooked by my friend Auden.
  • Gol…

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[VIDEO] My Son - Malawi Action Movie

Unlike Nigeria and its “Nollywood“, Malawi is not particularly well known for its homegrown cinema. This video may not change that view any time soon but it’s always great and refreshing to see something new in Malawi. The style is certainly different to what I’m normally used to but you can see the Jackie Chan influence at work.

My Son is co-directed by and stars Ernest Thamangiwa, who as it…

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A to Z: F is for…

Flavours Cafe - One of the few good lunching spots for expats and Malawians, in Lilongwe. If we ever feel like splashing out a little of our volunteer’s living allowance, that’s where you’ll find us.

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3 of the happiest and funniest kids you’ll ever find.

Here are Georgie, Dani, Gerard, doing The Karate Kid crane kick.

Cobra Kai, watch out!

The crane kick - Johnny vs Daniel-san

The crane kick – Johnny vs Daniel-san

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[VIDEO] Bye Bye Hermany

As I reintegrate into life in the first world… tackling the dreaded “reverse culture shock”, finding a job, rebuilding relationships… I am slowly moving on.

But I still think about my time in Malawi almost everyday. I am staying involved on our iHRIS project and keeping in touch with friends.

One of my overriding thoughts on anything to do with Malawi is the Breakfast Club and the kidswhom I saw…

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Missed a couple of good photos from Fatima and the Elephant Marsh.

My "driver" was half my size!

My “driver” was half my size!

Robin enjoying the view in the Elephant Marsh

Robin enjoying the view in the Elephant Marsh

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