Dancing into Chilimani!

Dancing into Chilimani!

Today marked our first day working in and with our partner communities! Much to everyone’s delight, we were able to sleep in a bit and recover from the sleep deficit caused by long travel. We got off to a late start, but we made the most of the time by hunting for monkeys at Namang’azi Farms and playing with Shameplants- a sensitive plant that closes up at touch.

After that, we piled into the car and took the bumpy ride into the community! First, we went to Mphero, where the team was greeted with familiar faces from our previous implementation and lots of dancing. We met with the chief and other members of the community for introductions, and went to visit the two wells we drilled last summer. We were very relieved to see that both of our wells were still fully functioning, especially because 3 other organizations had tried to drill there before us and their wells quickly dried up.

The members of Mphero were most excited to see Emma, who travelled there last year. They requested that she come back every day and sang some special songs in her honor.

From there, we made our way to Chilimani, our new partner village. This was awesome for the team to finally make it to Chilimani after spending the last year planning the partnership. There, we met with the chief, Water Committee, and Village Implementation Committee, and were very excited to see that they are already preparing for our partnership by mobilizing the community! Introductions and speeches were given on both ends, and by the end of the meeting we felt very welcomed into the community.

After the meeting, the community members took us for a tour of the community, which we found was geographically very different from the others we worked in. We were also surprised to find how little water they had, as many of the sources we thought they had were unreliable and run dry during the winter months. This definitely increased our sense of urgency to bring water to this community.

Upon returning from the tour, many of the village children gathered around us. One kid particularly impressed us with this rolling, gear-like toy he had created himself out of pill bottles and cut up cups. We all agreed it was far beyond any engineering feat the bunch of us had accomplished, as it spun both ways. Emma had a blast rolling the toy around and charging at the group of children, who in turn ran away laughing. We then piled back in the car and headed back exhausted but satisfied after a long day.

Tonight, we conducted water quality testing on our samples collected and were pleasantly surprised at the results. We enjoyed a much overdo dinner after skipping lunch to ensure more time in the field. The rest of the evening was spent preparing for the long day tomorrow. We are very excited to get back to work bright and early in the morning, as well as snuggle up in our mosquito nets for the night! Signing off.
~Jordan, Malawi Project Manager
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The Malawi Project Team is currently partnered with the community of Mphero in Malawi, and is investigating how The Engineers Without Borders, University of Delaware Chapter, can best aid the community.
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