Saturday, 12 July 2014

On the plane

Dear all,

The team are now safely through departures and on their flight back to Johannesburg and then Heathrow.

It has been a pleasure to go through their adventures with you and we hope you enjoy hearing all their stories and photos when they return home! 

You can also follow the progress of Team 2 and 3 on their blogs too, as they continues with the project in Malawi.

Thanks again
All at Inspire Worldwide 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Last full day in Malawi for Team 1

After a good night's sleep at the Trout Farm, the team did a short walk around the top of Zomba plateau and saw 'Queen's View', before heading down the plateau for a sandwich lunch at the heritage centre in Zomba.

In the afternoon the team were back where they started two weeks ago at Fisherman's Rest for a braii and reflection on the previous two weeks..an amazing experience which they will never forget...

We will let you know when they are safely on the plane tomorrow!



Thursday, 10 July 2014

4x4 safari and Zomba

Hi all,

The team still don't have great access to internet - so I am afraid we have a short blog update today.

They had a fantastic 4x4 safari all around Liwonde National Park this morning - seeing another big herd of elephants and lots of other wildlife from warthogs to impala and zebra!

Then it was the drive back down to Zomba Plateau - a unique slab of a mountain rising to 6000ft (1800m), which has vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress. The plateau top is criss-crossed by streams and there are tumbling waterfalls and still lakes which the girls will see a bit of tomorrow when they take an early morning hike.

Tonight they have set up camp at the 'Trout Farm' and have made a tasty dinner of potatoes and chilli.

Tomorrow they will be heading back to Fisherman's Rest for their final night in Malawi before boarding the plane home...






Last day in the village

We just received this post about the girls' last day in the village which went missing in hyper-space on Wednesday!

We thought you would still be keen to read it though..

"The morning started with a walk up to the wisdom tree before breakfast where the girls could look down on the school and surrounds to see how it has already changed so much since they arrived.

After breakfast the girls organised games and English lesson for the children of the Mary's Meals feeding centre in Manyenje.

The afternoon saw the official 'handover ceremony' and meant speeches from the chief, the girls, the teachers, Chisanga and the Inspire Leaders about the girls' time in Manyenje, interspersed with songs from the girls and the women of the community.

After more dancing the girls played a final game of netball before packing and eating their final home-cooked meal of the trip."

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

End of the project... but Safari awaits!

Apologies for yesterday's blip! The wonders of cross-continent technology means it doesn't always run smoothly...Today's update is from Gem, the Inspire Assistant Leader;

"The team had a fantastic last day in the villages yesterday and departed with very heavy hearts but with much praise for their amazing work and dedication to the project.. The bar is set high for Team 2! :-)

This morning we said our farewells and made some jam sarnies for the road to Liwonde National Park.  We set off and were on the way by 8am...  the bus journey was pretty uneventful, a lot of bananas eaten and a competition to see who could hold out the longest on eating their sarnies (it's very rock and roll here!)

By afternoon we had arrived at the fantastic Liwonde National Park and were busy setting up our camp and settling in to the sound of cattle egrets and hippo out on the Shire River. The Boat safari  was awesome and the team were lucky enough to see a herd of male elephants romping (literally) in the shallows... we had a great view of them, saw also lots hippos but only a few crocs....  

Dinner tonight was a real treat, buffet and even some nsima plus we were treated to some rather trippy and bonkers singing and performance/dances in costumes...  Everyone's early to bed now as we are up at sunrise for our game drive... Can't wait!"


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Internet..

Unfortunately the team's access to internet has gone down this evening...so today's blogpost is going to be a little later than usual... We will post it here as soon as it is received!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Bricks, bricks and more bricks

Today was just like any other Monday.....with the girls hard at work  bricklaying on the walls and earth moving for the foundations before lunch.

The team then went to the brick farm to see the 30,000 strong brick kiln being fired and lit, which the girls have been helping to build all week. It's always a time of big excitement to see all the mud bricks being baked and set hard for their use in the classroom. By getting the local community to make their own bricks, Joshua keeps costs down, but also involves the local community in their projects - so everyone has an incredibly vested interest.

The student's toilet for the new school have also been completed up to wall height which is brilliant and means that Teams 2 and 3 will now be working on the staff toilets when they come.

More energetic stories to come tomorrow!
 
Stars today were Kitty and Issy L for their efforts on site today



The brick-kiln being lit