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Looking at the calendar, I am told that March is half over. My flight home is looming a mere 10 days from now which means that projects are wrapping up and my time in Mwandi is coming to an end. 

 

Since my last blog post, there has been another American team of doctors who have come to serve. They were based primarily at OVC (the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project) instead of at Mwandi Mission Hospital. To say this team was...

I can’t believe the first week of February has already come and gone. The whole concept of “time” here in Mwandi is such an odd thing. On one hand, it seems like time moves slowly here and so much is accomplished in one day, but on the other hand, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the tasks and somehow the week is over before I know it. 

The first update is something like a...

Hello again! We have settled back into our routine in Mwandi after an exciting two weeks exploring Tanzania. Let me fill you in....

It started with a long bus ride. We first rode from Mwandi to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, which was a 9 hr ride. We arrived at 4 am and our next bus didn't leave till 1 pm so we joined the hundreds of other people sleeping in the bus station. It...

Hello All

We are headed out tomorrow to do some sight-seeing in Tanzania over the holidays. Our travel plans include an over 20hr bus ride, time at Lake Malawi, and the Ruaha game park! We are unsure what the internet status will be while we are away, so we wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with friends and family and remember the reason for the season. 

Love Brittany and Erin. ...

One Month. 

One month here in Mwandi. One month living in a foreign culture. One month of challenges. One month of an adventure unlike any other. One month that has flown by unbelievably quick. 

In our short time here, we have come to see 2 areas where we can be of help to the people at Mwandi Mission. The first is a place called Kandiana. Though started as an assisted living shelter, Kandiana has turned into

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How about a quick picture of what living in Mwandi village is like... The people live in clay houses, concrete structures, or houses made of sticks held together by clay. Some have electricity but few have running water. In Mwandi there are outdoor “spickets” around that people can get water from but most villages use wells or they have to carry it from the river. We frequently see women carry lots of pounds on there head! The bathrooms are little clay or...
Up until this point our blogs have been focused on positive things but it isn’t all positive.  We want to fill you in on the sad stories too so you get a feel for what life is like in a rural African village. We have been here 2.5 weeks and are starting to wonder if we can do anything to help or if it was worth our coming. There is such a lack of resources and everything is so different. We
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We have officially been in Mwandi for 2 weeks! 

After spending the weekend doing some sightseeing of Victoria Falls (both from the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides) and jumping into the Devil’s Pool at the top of the falls, we are feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever may come our way in the coming weeks….we hope:) 

Monday morning was a special treat. We got to go along on a food distribution project. This project is a joint effort between Canadian Food Grains...

Thanksgiving Day in Zambia!!  :) I guess one adventure leads to another out here! We have been hanging out with some of the other mission partners and through a friend of a friend we were introduced to a professional safari guide and his wife from South Africa. They are out here helping to manage a fishing lodge for their friends. We had a great dinner with them on Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day came up in discussion so we decided we
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To start off, this blog post is probably going to end up being a smattering of things we have noticed about the Zambian culture over the past week of living here in Mwandi - prepare for random:) 

This weekend marked a bunch of “firsts” for us. We had our first tour through the market so we know where to buy what (see picture). Katie (our Aussie friend who runs the orphaned and vulnerable children program - OVC) was gracious enough to...

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