It is with thankfulness that we can report the arrival of the long awaited donation of 12 boxes of medicines and medical supplies. The shipment was scheduled to arrive prior to Christmas. The combination of human interventions which likely included inspectors, the payment of import duties, transportation inland from Dar Es Salaam and all those along the way who felt they needed to benefit...delayed the arrival of the much needed medicines. We are hearing that most rural hospitals still do...

Part of World Renew's work here in Malawi is to help educate women on the importance of maternal and child healthcare. This past week I was at an outlying clinic in the Dedza district (about an hour and a half away from the main hospital). I travelled with some local maintenance staff to help with some much-needed repairs. We patched leaky roofs, installed burglar bars, and replaced rotting ceilings. We also painted 2 offices and an examination room....

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Happy Valentines Day!  This morning I enjoyed the little display in our one and only grocery shop here in Nkhoma: “You have brought an ending happiness to my life.”  I think it was from China, but these subtle mistakes in English pop up nearly every day.  We were also reminded how rich we are, shopping at this up-scale shop.  The crowded open-air market...

So far things are going well here in Malawi. After a little jet lag I'm up and running working on many different projects at Nkhoma Hospital. This week I was on site at the hospital working alongside the maintenance crew doing odd jobs; making and installing burglar bars and varnishing quarter-inch plywood to be used for the ceiling at the out-lying clinic. It was neat to use the same brand of paint as I use in Canada -...

Today was our last day in Bangladesh. There was so much anticipation for this visit and we are a little sad the visit has come to an end. Of course we are happy to come home to family and friends and share our experiences with you.

We went to Grace International school today; saw the classrooms and met the children. They are often in need of teachers, so if this sparks your interest, we highly recommend this school. One of our...

We made it back to Dhaka safely. We had train tickets purchased for the trip back to the city, but it decided that it was safe enough to drive back instead. There is much uncertainty in the peoples' daily lives as political unrest continues.

Wednesday we took the motor bikes to a few villages. One of the World Renew partners (PARI) introduced us to a family who are in the trial stage of a new way to plant rice using the...

 

Our trip out to the village today was quite an experience. We rode out in motor bikes! We ended up loving this means of transportation.  They are good option on the road system here. We also found out that they do well on rivers and sand. 

A large part of World Renew’s work is to help the people establish groups within villages. They will work on savings accounts, literacy, book keeping, community  projects and eventually advocate and work directly with the...

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Many of you on our email list knew that we were set to leave again for Malawi, but now we realize that some of you did not.

The  Nkhoma Christian Hospital administration had asked us to come back.  They wanted Mark to continue with the transition to electronic bookkeeping in the hospital. Plus the physician working with the medical students is on maternity leave and a new group of Malawian medical students were...

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