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Door-to-Door on Mount Ndirande

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Door-to-Door on Mount Ndirande

Malawi weather has been good to us—today was another gorgeous day as we finished our last workday this week trekking around another area of Mount Ndirande. We walked approximately 9 miles today through a few middle-class neighborhoods on the mountainside.

The homes we visited were well-kept and frequently had verdant gardens and cheerfully growing crops. We often had an audience as we worked—the local children tend to follow us from place to place. In the afternoon, my team and I covered a beautiful area of the countryside, where we crossed several streams. We stopped by one house where the owner gave us guava and grenadine as a thank you for vaccinating her dogs!

While Dawn, Joseph, Justin, and I walked to a small grocery store for lunch today, Dawn mentioned how much she enjoyed the green soap back at the lodge, which she’d been using in the shower. Joseph and Justin pointed out to her that the soap was actually laundry detergent. (In her defense, it looked like our standard bars of soap!) We all got a good laugh.

I also learned that Thoko and Joseph enjoy watching some American television shows, particularly Tom and Jerry, Fear Factor, America’s Got Talent, and WWE performances.

Facts About Malawi

  • A beer costs 550 Kwacha ($.11 USD).
  • A school day lasts from 7:30 am to approximately 2:30 or 3:00 pm.
  • The Malawi president can serve 2 terms, each of which lasts 5 years.
  • A pair of shoes can cost 3000 Kwacha ($.58 USD) and typically wears out within a month because people here walk everywhere.

Dawn and I were surprised to discover that it is acceptable to eat our sack lunches in a restaurant at the same table with our local team members, even if we do not purchase any food from that restaurant.

We head out early tomorrow morning for Lake Malawi, to take what feels like a well-deserved break. The bus ride to the lodge (the Funky Chiclid) is about 5 hours. We will enjoy a relaxing couple of days and then jump back into our work on Saturday. Check back for more from us this weekend!

Looking for more about our trip? Follow our progress live here!—Jessie Foley 


JESSIE FOLEY has a degree in veterinary technology from Cedar Valley College, as well as a degree in advertising and public relations from University of Arkansas. She was previously on the veterinary nurse team at University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Currently, Foley is the audience outreach manager for Brief Media and also plays a key role in Brief Media's partnership with Mission Rabies. In 2017, she joined the Mission Rabies Mega Vaccine Drive in Malawi, Africa for her second year.

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