How do you provide safe water for an entire community, with a device that fits in a suitcase? WaterSteps M100 Chlorine Generator is how! If your interested in the technology I'm using in Malawi to purify water, please check out this post.
Moni nonse! Did you know that Chichewa, the national language of Malawi, is spoken by over 12 million people across four countries? I've been taking private Chichewa lessons for a month now and I wanted to do a post to talk about my progress and share some of my favorite words and phrases! For friends and family coming to visit, start studying!!
What does a chief in Malawi actually do? What roles do they play in the life of a village? How do they see their work and their position connecting to the broader political structure of Malawi? If you want to know the answers to these questions, go ask a chief! That's exactly what I did and this post is the result!
How far would you go to get an education? Literally. How far? Would you travel miles in the dark? Would you ford dangerous rivers with your books and uniform tied to your head? Would you skip meals for days? Would you sleep under the stars, exposed to wild animals and the weather? What is education worth to you? Read the story of Aaron Maluwa, Director of education programs for the Museums of Malawi, and learn a little more about what it can be like to pursue an education in Malawi. In this post I share Aaron's remarkable story of perseverance and I share a bit about my own experiences with education. The key lesson here is that education is empowering!!
Now that we are finally settled in Zomba, we can do our first blog post from Malawi! Here you can read all about the wonderful organization we've been working with for the past month: Malawi Matters. Learn about the history of the organization, they great work they do, our small role, and see some great photos!
In February, I spent roughly two weeks traveling all over Malawi doing pre-dissertation fieldwork with the nonprofit Malawi Matters. This was a very quick trip, but essential for making sure all the parts of my project are moving forward. Read more about that trip here!
In May I found a way to engage with a project near and dear to my heart: keeping girls in school! I worked with my mom and a great group of ladies from Hopeful Lutheran Church to sew reusable feminine pads that I will be delivering to women leadership working with Malawi Matters. These pads are the literal difference between school and no school for girls across Malawi. What a difference these pads will make! Thanks ladies!
This year, to celebrate Earth Day, Banjo and I marched in the South Bend March for Science. It was a gorgeous day, perfect weather for a walk around the city. On the day, I posted this message to friends and family, explaining the reasons I engaged in this march. Read more about my experience!