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Land Rover Defender enroute

Change of plan

One thing that Mel learned a long time ago in business is that, if circumstances dictate, you change the plan – but never the goal! The plan has changed

Newly made Zoë pump valves

Precious Plastic

On my first day in the factory I saw one of the workers drilling holes into the small and big valve and – having built a CNC router at home a few years ago – I thought it is a waste of time if she

Mel's new bike from Richard Dalacour of Oxford bikes UK

Arrival of Mel’s new bike

If you are restless enough to be wandering the hills of Kinsale at 5.30 am one of these mornings, you might see Mel emerge from the early morning mist on his new bike. A handsome touring model custom built by bike builder-cum-philosopher Richard Dalacour of

Tour d'Afrique pyramids

Mel’s Tour d’Afrique 2020

Mel Bendon will undertake the original trans-continental journey and flagship TDA cycling expedition crossing Africa from north to south, covering almost 12,000 km in four months. A test of mind, body, and bicycle.

Kirsty in office

Girl Child Student Excel Spreadsheet

For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on the girl child student excel spreadsheet, updating and proofreading information on each of the girls Wells for Zoë provides secondary school fees for.

Girls going to graduation

Girl Child Student Form 4 Graduation 2019

I was very lucky to be the ‘Guest of Honour’ at the Wells for Zoë Form 4 graduation ceremony on Saturday 8th June. Not only was it an incredible celebration of the girl child students and the challenges they have overcome to reach their final

Margret and Miriam

Caregiver Preschool Training at Kachere CBO

Attending the preschool training workshop for caregivers at Kachere CBO has been one of the highlights of my stay in Malawi (so far!). It was so inspiring to see how much encouragement and confidence the preschools team give the caregivers – I learned that caregivers

Function in Mphompha with TA & MBC

Trip to Mphompha, Rumphi

Last Tuesday, I was lucky enough to go on the trip with John, Rose, Harisen and Adamson to Mphompha in Rumphi district, to attend a function for the celebration of the Wells for Zoë #1millionTrees project in the area. Malawian radio and television company MBC

Girl Child Students at WfZ Centre for Learning

Child Marriage

Looking back on my first three weeks in Malawi, one thing that has really stood out to me in particular so far is the amazing amount of care and support the girl child students receive from everyone at Wells for Zoë. In Malawi, education for girls

Enyezini Students

Enyezeni School Visit

This week I arranged a visit to Enyezini CDSS to see how the #1millionTrees planting was going, take some videos and pictures of the students and meet Janet, the Guatemalan Peace Corps volunteer teacher working there who initially paid for the seedlings from her own

Uchizi Preschool

Kirsty’s first week

After the long journey from Ireland to Malawi, I arrived at the airport in Lilongwe on Sunday afternoon, where I was warmly welcomed by Harisen who had come to collect me. The scenic drive from Lilongwe to Mzuzu through the many towns and villages was

Bell Time Magazine header

Bell Time Article

Bell Time Schools Magazine Article Feb 2019 Only 4 out of 100 Girls in rural Malawi complete Secondary school! As you sit in your comfortable classroom today, you might wish you were somewhere else, but I bet you’d never switch places with one of the girls in