Zeb the Duck Sees Daily Life on Lake Malawi

In Malawi, we walk to most places.   While we are walking we often see friendly children, in school uniforms.

Friendly school children

Friendly school children

The children always want to talk to us, asking our names and we ask their names.   They want to know where we live.   Many visitors here are from the United Kingdom, so the United States or America, also invites more questions.   These children are very polite and kind.   They seem to enjoy practicing their English with us.   There are many cows here, also.

I like these cows

I like these cows

Usually there is a Malawian man nearby, watching the cows and directing their movements.   I like these cows.   This teacher is standing in front of his preschool classroom.

Preschool teacher in front of classroom

Preschool teacher in front of classroom

Aren’t these tropical plants so green?

Such beautiful tropical green plants

Such beautiful tropical green plants

So pretty.  We walked to Ripple Africa’s nursery.   These tree seedlings are almost ready to plant.

Tree seedlings

Tree seedlings

Ripple Africa teaches about reforestation and is involved with the local community to plant trees.   Also at the nursery, the human volunteers made bricks.   First they removed their shoes, put water in the dirt, and walked barefoot, mixing the dirt and water to make mud.   Then the mud was put into molds for bricks.

Barefoot in the mud. Filling brick molds with mud for bricks

Barefoot in the mud.  Filling brick molds with mud for bricks

The full molds were then dumped to dry.

Bricks will dry in tropical sun

Bricks will dry in tropical sun

Most people make bricks for making stoves and houses.   Later we visited Angela.   Angela had land and wanted to help her community.   She is using her land as a farm.

Angela at her farm

Angela at her farm

She grows some potatoes and plants many trees.   She plants a variety of fruit trees.    This is a welcome and familiar sight in our village.   Many children go to school, at least to primary school.

Children in uniforms entering school

Children in uniforms entering school

We believe that education is very important for everyone.   Remember that the human women are volunteering with Ripple Africa for 2 weeks.   Ripple Africa has two locations on Lake Malawi.   This sign shows the direction for each.

Lowani or Mwaya?

Lowani or Mwaya?

I am staying at Lowani Beach.   Mwaya Beach is where the long term volunteers are staying.   The two locations are very close.   We walk between them, sometimes on the road and sometimes on the beach.   Each location has housing and dining areas.   Also, each location is on a beautiful  beach.   This is our friend, Pumpkin.

Pumpkin caught these fish

Pumpkin caught these fish

He had been fishing and is showing us his catch.   Very nice fish, Pumpkin.   Pumpkin is also an artist.   We bought a couple paintings from him.

Painting by Pumpkin

Painting by Pumpkin

We liked this typical Malawian activity.

Painting by Pumpkin

Painting by Pumpkin

Lake Malawi is so pretty.   We think these paintings are very nice, don’t you?   Today I wanted to show you what we see every day and a little about how the people live in our closest village.   These humans in Malawi have all been very friendly and very nice to all of us.   We like Malawi and the Malawians.

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