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Author Archive: Chloe Piche

Coming to an end.

I have now been in Malawi for about three months. My volunteer position here has been as an academic tutor in Dzaleka refugee camp. Within the camp the implementing partner for education is called the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This organization provides nursery, primary, secondary and university education. I was involved in the university program,…

The rumors are true!

It had been rumored for a while that the food rations were going to be cut by half in Dzaleka refugee camp. The students who already go hungry at the end of the month knew this may happen, there was a loud buzz about it around camp. They wrote a letter to Clotilde the supervisor…

Too much garbage produced by the Musungu’s

Living in a country where there is no garbage removal system in place has proven the idea to me that we Westerners produce so much waste. Here in Malawi my house mates and I produce about one grocery bag size of garbage a week. Comparing this to my garbage production in Canada, this is quite…

The Diploma program Joys and pains

After 9 kilometers of walking up and around these windy bends, I have almost made it to the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. On the way there, there are maybe 2-3 cars that pass, the foot traffic though is crazy. There are hundreds of people on their way to work in the field, to get water, to…

The combination of being hungry and trying to learn:

It is the end of the month and the refugees in the Dzaleka refugee camp are hungry. The University students in camp are attending classes for 35 hours a week, and the majority of them living on one meal a day. Although they are all trying to succeed the best they can, trying to keep…

Malawi, first impressions

I have now been in Malawi for a little bit over a week now. The people are just amazing and the landscape of the country is un-believable; everything is green, there are so many beautiful birds, mountains and clouds. I am living in a little town called Dowa, it is about 6-7 km away from…

Chloé Piché

My name is Chloé Piché I am a third year student at the University of Ottawa studding International Development and Globalization. I have lived in Chelsea, Quebec, a small town outside of Ottawa my whole life. I was very fortunate to grow up travelling from a young age to many developing countries in South East…