Superb New IT lab at Ngumbe School, Malawi

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Earlier this year, we agreed to fund a project with IT Schools Africa in Malawi.  We provided a third aim grant of £1,300 to refurbish the IT lab at Ngumbe Community Day School.  The grant was put to work extremely quickly, and we’re delighted to see the result!   The works included repairs and repainting of the security door, refurbishment of the classroom walls, a new whiteboard to replace the old blackboard (no more nasty chalk in the computers!) and new power sockets.

Footprinter report: Emma Patton in Malawi

Unlike other African countries Malawi has always been known to be relatively safe in comparison. The ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ where the people are always friendly and welcoming, it certainly lived up to the name during my last visit and I not only felt safe but I felt at home. Don’t get me wrong I always had it in the back of mind my mind that I was an azungu (white person) living in one of the poorest countries in the world so I have […]

Emma Patton: footprinter report from Malawi

So much has happened recently in the village that I’m going to need to keep things short and sweet to fit it all in for a proper update of my last month in Malawi… In my last blog I mentioned that I had taken to creating first aid lessons for the village schools and they have become very successful. Each Friday afternoon I attend the teachers meeting and lay out the plan for the week ahead, I explain in English and then the head of […]

Footprinter report: Emma Patton in Malawi

Malawi is certainly testing my love for it early on in my trip. The first hurdle which had to be overcome was actually getting here with the correct cases. My friend and project co-ordinator, Emma 1, was my travelling companion joining me on the Megabus at Preston. Things were all a bit hectic, leaving it tight to make our booked taxi as the bus arrived late. In the rush she’d managed to pick up the wrong suitcase and you can imagine her horror later that […]

Health centre training day – Soha Sobhy footprinter report

During my time i was often surprised by the referrals that we got from the health centres, patients with pre-eclampsia sent without blood pressures ever being taken, eclamptics being sent without receiving magnesium sulphate which helps stop the fitting, patients never getting basic antenatal testing like haemoglobins or HIV tests and patients in labour being referred far too late. So we decided on having a training day for the local health centres and 3 midwives attended from each centre.  We taught them the importance of basic […]

See one, do one, teach one – Soha Sobhy footprinter report

The interns here run the show– they are newly qualified doctors at FY1 level equivalent in the uk- they are a lot more hands on as medical students but still don’t have much experience.  They will look after labour ward, do c-sections and see new patients all with little or no senior input.  The senior interns ( 3 months into the job) will often teach the new interns how to manage patients and also often how to operate, so i have been trying to teach […]

3 months reflection- January – Soha Sobhy

So I’ve been here for just over three months now, most days I’ve really enjoyed it and other days I’ve just wanted to run away and wondered what I’m doing here- overall its been pretty tough going but I’ve loved it! Malawian women are some of the nicest i’ve met (the patients not always the staff), their smiles will light up the room and their gratitude is plain to see and the level of poverty is unmistakable and being able to offer help however small […]

Soha Sobhy: Initial reports

Hi, I am a doctor who was working in London, but I’ve decided to take the year out and go to Malawi! So I’ve been volunteering here for 2 months already and oh how the time has flown!  So I am in the main city in the south of the country called Blantyre, because it is a city conditions aren’t too bad but we still have electricity and water shortages on a regular basis- it’s amazing how much actually needs electricity to run – things […]

A 20 Stone Toothless Spot by Naomi Dunphy

How it feels like yesterday I was writing the last report – time flies so fast when you are having fun which isn’t great! I was asked the other day when I was leaving and in my head I still have 7 months left but the very nice man brought me to the very blunt realisation that its actually only 4 months! I nearly sat down and cried. Anyway this month has been pretty bad for Aquaid as within about 2 weeks they had 6 […]

Family Visits by Naomi Dunphy

So this report is covering both December and January. December was a super busy month as just after my last report my family came out to visit me which was really nice but meant my usually busy, but laid back schedule, was completely over run. – With my mum and sister around it’s not possible for anyone to be laid back! Love them very much but laid back only appears in their vocabulary if they are referring to my Dad and I and even then […]

14 Mangos a Day by Naomi Dunphy

Report 4- this is crazy! Time definitely flies when you are having fun. It’s actually pretty sad that I am nearly half way through my time. Well this month we have had births, weddings, funerals and installation of chiefs so it’s been a busy time (I have also managed to increase my mango record to 14 in one day and pretty sure I’ll manage to break it again – they are really addictive). First was the chief installation ceremony. This was for one of the […]

Cycling Fun by Naomi Dunphy

So if the whole ‘You are what you eat’ thing is true then I am definitely the biggest mango in the entire world! Seriously I think my record for one day is 7 and they are not that small but since they are free and right there then I can’t complain plus I really love them! Anyway this month saw me start working in the clinic in the village. It’s really good and it’s dead interesting – not literally. Ethel who is in charge is […]

Grt Involved by Naomi Dunphy

Hey so here is my first update. I have now been in Malawi for 2 months which is slightly gutting because time already seems to be flying by so quickly. My first month was spent working with the team which came out from my church which included some of my best friends so was good banter. It took us about a day and a half traveling to get here but was well worth it to get back and see all the people and kids that […]

Second Wedding by Naomi Dunphy

So here is my Second Report and I have just had my Second Wedding so perfect timing! I would like to say I got there on time but that would be wishful thinking in Malawi. Got to love them! We were a lot more on time than last time though so that’s always good. Anyway it was really good. It was Kiri’s wedding who is one of the Aquaid staff. – She is Administrator at Thyolo. She is sooo nice and she looked stunning. Anyway […]

Naomi Dunphy: Initial report

Hi. My name is Naomi and I live in Arbroath, Scotland where I have just finished my 5th Year at Arbroath Hugh School. So a week to go and I’m soooo excited – can’t wait to go to Malawi. I am leaving Scotland on the 30th of June with 14 others. We are travelling for a day and a half to Namisu orphan village just outside Blantyre. The orphan village is run by Aquaid Lifeline whose main aim is to care for orphans and provide […]