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September 23-24, 2013: No worries, she’ll be fine… she’s only a 2+

a href=”https://waterplusgorillas.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/malawi-2013-697c.jpg”> When I returned to work on Monday morning, Pattie asked me if she could leave at 3pm to take her 11-year old daughter to the clinic. She had been really lethargic and throwing up the last few days. … Continue reading

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September 22, 2013: Snake on a Boat

We were all looking forward to having a day off after working for 6 straight days. Upset with my decision to be adventurous and try out all the food Pattie served us the previous day, my stomach rebelled at about … Continue reading

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September 21, 2013: A Perfect Day in Malawi

Dancing in the road to the reggae sounds of Malawian gospel music, finding water at most water kiosks, continuing to make new friends with children all over Machinjiri, sharing a meal at Pattie’s house with part of her family and … Continue reading

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September 20, 2013: A Day of Many “Firsts”

Being immersed in Malawian life has been by far the most rewarding part of this trip. What a gift to have the ability to interact so intimately with the residents of these low-income communities. I wasn’t able to get as … Continue reading

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September 18-19, 2013: NO Water for People

According to recent reports from UNICEF and the World Health organization, approximately 80% of people in rural areas have access to safe water. This statistic is grossly inflated if you ask me based on what I’ve experienced in my last … Continue reading

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September 17, 2013: A Young Man Named Hope

We arrived at the WFP office on Tuesday morning knowing very well that this would probably be one of the trip’s toughest days.  The first day in the field is always a challenge because team members are not fully trained … Continue reading

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September 16, 2013: First Day of Work

Without one good aerobic workout since arriving to Africa, I woke up at 5am excited to go on my first run.  Although we were told not to walk to town by ourselves, I found a short loop on a dirt … Continue reading

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