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An update on Malawi from Charlotte Walsh

Today marks a week since our arrival in Malawi, and so far everything is going pretty well. After a mammoth day of flights, we arrived in Lilongwe at about 1 o’clock, and after successfully making it through customs and collecting all of our luggage, we proceeded to Mabuya campsite, our base for the first two night. It was here that we met Sam, an English scout who moved out here after taking part in the 2007 sunrise camp. He’s the person that’s set up our main community project and he’s been quite helpful so far.

On Wednesday we proceeded down to Zomba and Makwawa scout campsite, which is our base for the next week or so. After an eventful journey, we arrived at the campsite to be greeted by a host of Malawian scouts, who taught us some of there really nice campfire songs, while we taught them some of our rather silly ones…

Our current project is going well. We are building a classroom at an orphan daycare centre about 15 minutes away from the campsite. After some initial teething problems, the project is now well underway and the constuction crew hope to finish the bricklaying today. We have been organised into 3 patrols, with 2 working on the project and 1 at base camp sorting out food and stuff. The system seems to be working well as not only does it mean the building team don’t have to do anything other than work on the project, it also means that they get a chance to recuperate during their 2 home days. I’m sure someone else will add another update as soon as they can, but for now everything is going well and we’re all having a really good time:)

3 Responses to "An update on Malawi from Charlotte Walsh"

  • Maxine
    August 3, 2009 - 18:39

    Hi Hayden
    Glad to hear you’ve arrived and already working hard! We’ve just got back from Portugal after a very relaxing holiday. Looking forward to hearing from you – watch out for the mozzies.
    love mum dad nina and finn xx

  • Holmes-Evans Family
    August 3, 2009 - 18:54

    Great Blog, good to hear your news and that things are going well.

  • Kim Walsh
    August 4, 2009 - 17:58

    Hi Char, sounds like you’re all having a great time, I’m in an internet cafe in Nice – you’re right it is lovely here :-). Keep on working hard and having fun everyone.

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