Tagged with Malawi

In Defense of Leaving Home

In Defense of Leaving Home

Growing up in a blue-collar middle class family in western Pennsylvania, leaving home meant visiting my grandparents who lived about a 20-minute car ride away.   Their small home in the city was my favorite place to be and if felt different enough from my split level suburban house to satiate my desire to travel.  Leaving … Continue reading

HFHI Global Village Salima, Malawi – Farewell

HFHI Global Village Salima, Malawi – Farewell

Crafting an interesting and worthy end-of-build post has become increasingly difficult. Looking back I realize they sound the same. Not a bad thing, but perhaps teetering on boring. The countries are all so different, the culture and the homeowners too, but the emotions remain the same. Each time I want to tell you that we’ve … Continue reading

Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

Joseph greeted us with a warm, broad smile at the Kayak Africa reception at Cape Mac Clear on the southern shore of Africa’s third largest fresh water lake.  Lake Malawi is so big you’d think you were looking at an ocean.  Home to more species of fish than all those in the lakes in North … Continue reading

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 5

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 5

Apart from having nearly finished all the bricklaying on both houses, one thing left an indelible impression upon us today – seeing the inside of Salanawo’s old house. If you’ve been following, you will remember that she is the grandmother caring for her seven orphaned grandchildren. It is absolutely astonishing that this family sleeps in … Continue reading

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 3

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 3

If ever there was a perfect day for building a Global Village house in Malawi, today was it. Hands down. Despite the fact that the bus was temporarily stuck in the wet sandy soil on the road to Thanguli village, our spirits were high and we were eager to get back to work. And because … Continue reading

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 2

Global Village Mulanje, Malawi – Day 2

Rain delay. The rains came yesterday afternoon and they’ve decided to stay.  Working in the rain isn’t always a problem, but when you are building with “matope” (mortar) made with mud, too much water ain’t a good thing.  Dirt roads that turn to mud when they are saturated also would make it challenging for our … Continue reading