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Picture day for the girls – and our last Saturday

Today was picture day for the girls as as we need to have portrait photos of them all for our records on the database. There was no shortage of playful poses, but Florence wasn't long instructing the girls to stand straight and just smile! Gerry manged the...

Agricultural fair in Ngranga Village

Today there was a fair (of sorts) in Ngranga village in Rumphi district.  It was an opportunity for NGO's operating in the area to showcase what they do and was attended by a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture. There was a great crowd, but entertainment...

A day at Lusangazi farm for Gerry

Gerry is from Co. Kilkenny and came out to Malawi for a "voluntour" to see what we're all about. Here he is getting stuck in at the farm in Lusangazi by helping Adamson (our farm manager) with grafting mango scions. It's a busy time of the year...

New systems and smiles

Here we have two of our volunteers Kevin and Laura with our wonderful Girl Child Project Co-ordinator, Florence. The three of them have been working (under the excellent tutelage of our son Éamonn in Scotland) on a new system for recording our girl child student details, including...

Group therapy classes for the girls

On the front bench, furthest to the right and wearing the red t-shirt is the mighty Ruth. Ruth is a nurse, but has now almost finished studying to be a psycho-social counselor and will be leaving us to go back home to her family in Lilongwe....

An offering of cassava from a village Gogo

In a country as poor as Malawi, there isn't much greater a gift than to be presented with food. This village gogo offered us the warmest welcome when we arrived, and sped down the steep slope to the well with an agility that would con...

Five pumps and questionable sunglasses

It's my 41st visit to Malawi and heading out with Alfred and Harrisen to install five pumps, in five different villages, in one day is tough going. I like to be where it most matters though, and seeing the sheer happiness and awe on the faces...

Sowing tutorial for the teachers-to-be

So now that the sanitary pad project (as an addition to the Girl Child Project) is well underway, it's  important to ensure it's continuity once Áine and Sandy leave. Here you can see Áine in a small workshop that herself and Sandy ran with a small...

No electricity or internet? To the garden it is!

There is currently a major electricity issue in Malawi that has gotten progressively worse over the last number of months. For our volunteers, they arrived at a time where there are now spells of electricity outages for up to 30 hours. It's frustrating when there is...

Our sewing Sandy and sanny pads!

I had grand ideas of sowing machines and the likes - when sometimes it only takes an outside pair of eyes (that are less emotionally engrossed in all things Wells for Zoë) to see that there was a simpler way. I'm talking about reusable sanitary pads....

Our 41st visit to Malawi

Mary and I made our 41st visit to Malawi today. As usual, Harrisen met us with a smiling face and we made the 4 hour journey from the airport in the capital city,  Lilongwe, to Mzuzu. When we got to the factory, we got everyone together,...