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Author Archive: Asif

Catch up

So much has happened over the past few days. I really want to share all of it with you, but not right now! I will, but a little bit at a time. Its my last week…supposedly (i might get into that in another blog) so i have some reports to complete for CADECOM…more in another…

Inside thought

August 9, 2006 Meetings would help follow up on work being done and to be done. But…. But “having meetings” in the sense that I am thinking of it, is a western style of thinking. What are ways that are more traditional, but viable. I am concerned that I will make recommendations that don’t suit…

Observations Part 6

August 9, 2006 If the President is to be driving or stopping in a town, the National flag will be displayed, quite prominently and in multiplicity, along the main arteries. No I haven’t seen President Bingu wa Mutharika, but with the density of Malawian flags cropping…you never know! While on the subject, the President’s likeliness…

Volunteering; Why? Why Not!

August 9, 2006 “Can you please explain the concept?” Is pretty much what James (yes, another James; there’s four of them) at Nali Lodge in Limbe asked me. So I tried, but I don’t think I did a very good job. I tried to explain that volunteering is something that I do because I should…

Observations Part 5; Water and Speaking your mind

August 8, 2006 My stay at Nali has been, so far, quite enjoyable and comfortable. My experiences there, although not always so positive, have helped to contribute to this section of my blog. For example, I have learnt to always turn the light on and wear my glasses when entering the washroom…you never know what…

Sweet Sound of Prayer

August 8, 2006 I love the sights of Malawi, but also Her sounds. The voices of the people are beautiful and soulful thanks in large part to the Church upbringing that many have received here. I have recorded a small clip of a choir practicing for Sunday Mass. This morning I recorded some of the…

Observations Part 3; Same Country dIfFeReNt Life. Same Life DiFeReNt Living.

August 6 2006 I always have and still do think of myself as Canadian, which I will not attempt to, nor need to define. That’s the beauty of it. That’s not to say that I’m ashamed of my ethnic/cultural/religious origins. I respect and acknowledge this aspect of me (I don’t want to use the word…

Observations Part 4; Potaitoe, Potahtoe

August 5, 2006 We don’t all look at the world through the same lens. In the August 4th edition of “The Nation”, one of the local Malawian newspapers, there was an article about child labour. That’s not what I want to expand on. Rather, to me, the article shows that words and expressions carry a…

Nali Lodge and Malawian Football

August 4th 2006 On Saturday July 29th I moved from the Old Bishop’s House in CI (near Blantyre) to Nali Lodge in Limbe, the same town that we can find the local CADECOM office where I work. Instead of a 20min drive I now have a 15min brisk walk to commute to work. In some…

Observations Part 2

August 5, 2006 Its time for an update in the “Some of my observations while traveling” section. If you can, travel in a group (of at least 2). If you can’t, make the effort to find out the name and contact info of other volunteers/students in the area you will be working in before you…