Sunday, 14 July 2013

Team on their way home!

Just a short note to let you know that everyone is checked in safely in Lilongwe so they will all be on their way home very shortly, with plenty of stories to tell and photographs to show! We hope that you have enjoyed these updates. It has been a real pleasure to work with this team and we hope that they remember their trip for a long time to come!

Wishing them all a safe journey home!

Safari day 2

The team had a great boat cruise at Liwonde National Park yesterday morning, seeing plenty of hippos and crocodiles before heading off to Dedza Pottery Lodge, where they set up camp and went on a hike into the hills to take in the stunning views.

Hugh and Dani have learnt to play the Malawian game Bao - I'm sure they'll be teaching you on their return!
the group had a debrief session with their Inspire Leaders and  were treated to a final night dinner which included a very special treat - cheesecake!

This morning the group had a lie in and did some souvenir shopping at the pottery lodge before departing for the airport. 

We will let you know when they are all checked in and on their way!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

First day of safari!

After some fond farewells in Pensulo the team set off for Liwonde National Park for their first day of safari.

They set up camp at Mvuu Camp before heading off in 4x4s for some game viewing... seeing elephants, hippos, buffalo and some white tailed mongooses.
The group were then treated to a soda while they watched the sun set over the river Shire - in Katy's words ' What an amazing place for a 17th birthday!'. 

Dinner was a substantial buffet of salad (much to Mrs Brown's delight!) and beef (which made Samah very happy!)

This morning the group were up at 5.45 for their boat safari... More soon!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Some thoughts from the team...

Yesterday was the last day on the building site and the team put in another great day's work! Alethea worked extremely hard as site leader and kept everyone motivated despite the rain and the team achieved everything they wanted to from their last day on the project.

In the afternoon,  an emotional leaving ceremony was held for the team in the village. Hugh gave a speech on behalf of the team and Clemmie led the group's choir song which they had practiced for the event. Lots of fond farewells and shared dances later and the team's time in Pensulo village is over...

Here are some thoughts from some members of the team:

'Fantastic - I've learnt more than I thought I would. Tonight made me realise how valuable our contribution is'. Annie

'I was sceptical about 4 days of work,but we've done a lot and learnt a lot. It's been amazing' Dani

'I've had an amazing time, memorable for life' Clemmie.

They're on their way now to Mvuu Camp in Liwonde National Park as we speak, ready for their first day of safari! .

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Another busy day!

The team had another busy day on site yesterday, building walls for the toilets at the assembly hall. More hand mixing cement and learning to lay bricks!

A group of students visited the feeding centre yesterday morning and Flora gets a special mention for her fantastic hand painting and teaching of numbers in English! 

Phoebe made an excellent site manager, directing the team in their tasks, keeping everyone busy amd happy and making sure everyone took enough breaks and kept hydrated. A well as all of this, she also captained the groups's netball team. St Paul's & Wellington won 3:2! 

In the evening, the team invited Joseph & John, the Joshua Orphan & Community Care field officers to join them for dinner.

All in all a very successful day! 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Visit to the clinic....

Yesterday the group nearly completed the second wall of the assembly hall! Samah and Martha especially worked on the whole section themselves.
Some of the team visited the local feeding centre in the morning and some of the students who are interested in medicine went to visit the Joshua Orphan & Community Care-funded rural clinic in the afternoon. The group was very interested to see the conditions at the clinic and met a mother and baby who was not even an hour old!
A great day had by all!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Project work update...

The group had a very productive first day on site yesterday. 
Dani and Martha were site foremen (or women!) for the day and did a fantastic job by all accounts, with one of the long walls of the assembly hall being completed in just one day!
In the evening they took part in a group quiz, which Huw, Kismet  and Flora won and had a dinner of chips, cooked by the local cook Ida, who was assisted by some of the students. This was followed by an early night - back to site today!