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Winding Down in Malawi

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Winding Down in Malawi

We are all extremely proud of the work we have done, but it’s safe to say we are also incredibly exhausted! In the evenings, the volunteers typically stay up until 9:00 pm. However, the past 2 nights, we have all crashed in bed before 8:00 pm.

Today, we trekked door-to-door through another area of Malawi, walking a total of 8 miles. The heat today added a new level of challenge. It was a productive day, however—at each house, we vaccinated an average of 6 to 9 dogs. One of the families we visited owned 12! 

When we met up with the team to go to lunch, our driver, Gift, was playing some of my favorites: Phil Collins, Luther Vandross, and Lionel Ritchie. It is always nice to get a taste of home after a long morning of work.

For lunch, we returned to the same restaurant that we visited yesterday. We met up with the Rhino group and ate our packed lunches from Fisherman's Rest. The locals we work with buy lunch at the restaurant—usually with fish or chicken. A few of the locals in our group really like chips and chicken, which is chicken with seasoned potatoes.

As I walked with my group today, I met Miss Malawi's mom, Eurita. We visited with her for quite some time and at the end of our visit she gave me her phone number and said to call or visit her anytime. 

I learned today that it is customary to trim chicken’s nails (although not dogs or cats). If this isn’t done, the chicken’s nails will break the eggs.

It is hard to believe tomorrow is our last working day. We will close out our time with Mission Rabies working door-to-door one more time, and will wrap up with a celebration in the evening. All the international volunteers fly out Thursday. Let the packing begin!

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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