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Project nears completion and camping with hyenas

Hi from the Team!

We?re currently in Blantyre having successfully finished the vast majority of the school project in Songani. We?re all safe and well and currently helping clear paths (to create fire breaks) and repainting signposts on the trails at Michuru Nature Sanctuary about 8km outside of Blantyre. We?re now camping in the middle of the bush and sharing the site with hyenas (we can hear them but haven?t seen any yet!).

The pics below include; the project as we left it (the contractors are currently finishing the roof, the plastering and the drainage channels), the completed climbing frame with actual children using it ? the creosote hadn?t quite dried but they didn?t seem to mind, post footy (Malawi 3 – England 0), sunrise from Zomba plateau, Mike and his commissioned tea pot and Hayden complete with an M16 (please note parents the lack of a magazine i.e. it?s not loaded!). Just in case you were wondering where the gun came from, it belongs to the Michuru rangers who use it to apprehend poachers and also for keeping us safe.

Anyway, best get back to work, hope all is well in Blighty!


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11 Responses to "Project nears completion and camping with hyenas"

  • Richard Cribb
    August 13, 2009 - 13:27

    Great to see so many pictures and all of you looking happy and well. Too bad about the football. Looks cool (the weather that is). Enjoy Mulanje.

  • Holmes-Evans Family
    August 13, 2009 - 14:59

    Good to see the projects are going well and that you are enjoying yourseleves. Hope the trek goes well.

  • Jones Family
    August 13, 2009 - 17:55

    Thanks for keeping us informed – great to know you are all safe and well, and that everything seems to be going to plan (except for the football, ’nuff said). Take care & lots of love.

  • The Walshes
    August 13, 2009 - 19:32

    Hi all (especially charlotte :)) it sounds like you’re having a great time. I met a hyena once – it was not dissimilar to the episode in the lion king :). Charlotte – Remember not to die and try not to miss us too much :). love you xxx

  • maxine
    August 13, 2009 - 19:49

    Put that gun down Hayden! Glad to hear you all having lots of fun. Don’t get eaten by the Hyena says Nina.
    Take care love M xx

  • Elaine & Arthur Roberts
    August 15, 2009 - 15:19

    Hi Joe,
    Great to hear all is well. Looks like you are doing some good stuff. Keep them all hard at work !!! Take good care of yourself and those in your care.
    With Love from mum and dad.

  • Popskie
    August 16, 2009 - 11:10

    Hi Hayden. So glad that you’re having a memorable time and helping to build a such a worthwhile project. Jessica is home safe but not very well with a really bad case of Delhi Belly; Have you managed to avoid Malawi Malaise? Did you managed yet to check out an Elephant pump for me (photo’s and actually working one yourself). Your’re going to miss your Dads 50th any chance that you could send him a text message on th 26th. Passion did’nt do too well on the Fasnet and Maluma was hopeless. Needed you no board?
    Looking forward to your safe return. Love Nana/Popa

  • Pepper
    August 19, 2009 - 15:00


    Looks great guys. Projects are impressive too, nice M16 and a smashing tea pot. Looks like you’re all having a great time, enjoy every minute…

    All the best, see you in UK Joe..


  • Phillipson family
    August 21, 2009 - 18:45

    Good to hear things going well.

    Rumour has it that you had rain in Malawi – we are melting in Northern Spain with temperatures of over 40 degrees, on our way home now to lovely cold England

    Keep eating the porridge????

  • Peter & Joanne Lorraine
    August 24, 2009 - 12:20

    Hi Mark and friends
    glad to hear you are having a wonderful time and helping local communities
    well you beat us at cricket – then the all backs beat us at rugby – and our footy team is near the bottom of the AFL ladder !!! about as good as your soccer team in your game against the locals.

    all the best – love and bst wishes Aunt Joanne and Uncle Peter – Hobart Tasmania

    @Elaine & Arthur Roberts

  • Jones Family
    August 28, 2009 - 14:46

    Hi Guys. Hope that any GCSE / AS/ A level results that have reached you are all good news and congratulations to you all. I imagine that the last few weeks puts a different perspective on them – have looked on the Internet about Lake Malawi and it looks amazing. Just to remind the Alresford & Cheriton that the rest of the A&C Group are off to camp this weekend so just think, you could be sharing a field with the cubs & beavers.. and it is raining as I type (though we are promised better weather). We will be thinking of you and look forward to your return. Realised you will just miss programme selling at the Alresford Show – are you sure you don’t want to come back a bit early? LOL.

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