During our work today, I was able to speak at length with Joseph and Thoko. We discussed everything from cultural differences to the day-to-day normalcies of our home lives. Joseph told me that in Malawi, dogs typically cost 40,000 Kwacha ($55 USD). German shepherd dogs sell for more, typically 70,000 Kwacha ($96 USD). I also learned that men in Malawi households typically only assist with cooking and house chores when their wives are sick.
At the end of our day, Dawn told me about a family with whom she and her team had visited. As it turns out, I met this family when I was in Malawi last year, and I helped vaccinate their puppy. Apparently, when Dawn and her team asked for the dog’s name and information (so they could provide a vaccination certificate), Dawn found out that the family had named the puppy Jessie, after me. I have to admit—I did get a little emotional. What a happy coincidence, and what an honor to be remembered this way.