NSB Goes to Malawi 2016
This summer marked the tenth year that a group from NSB have travelled to Malawi, Central Africa. Prior to their arrival, the group had spent most of the year engaged in a variety of activities which raised a sum in the region of £10,000, which funded the construction of a new classroom block for a primary school in the district.
Chinkhuti Primary School is a rural school, 50 minutes drive from our accommodation in the hills surrounding the lakeshore. Work this year comprised of lime washing and decorating the interiors of four new classrooms and the staffroom with murals, as well as three of the existing classrooms. Quite a challenge in the time we had available, but one the group met with energy and enthusiasm.
Alongside work at the school, we trekked to Dwambazi waterfall, attended the local Anglican church (African-style) service and relaxed at the weekends. Those who expressed an interest in a medical career had the opportunity to visit the local health clinic and spend a day working with medical professionals. We paid another visit to the rural Health Clinic at Chidebwe which NSB funded and decorated in 2012. We also organised another three team football competition, and fielded a strong NSB team. We were under a lot of pressure in our game but held out goalless thanks to a whole team defence and assured goalkeeping from Ashley Pearson until the last few minutes when we conceded a goal thanks to a loose interpretation of the offside rule from the ref. We never got to utilise our talented attack. A kit donation was the prize at the end for both the teams we played.
For a web gallery of images from the trip please: Click Here
In addition to working at the school we went on a three-day Safari expedition to Liwonde Game Reserve, 250 km south of our base. During our stay we experienced elephants, kudu, impala, cape buffalo, waterbuck, bushbuck, sable, crocodile and hippo. We even saw a rare Prince Harry pass us on the jeep. He was there unofficially, involved In the African Parks project to relocate 500 elephants (250 from Liwonde) to Nkhotakota game reserve which was going on while we were there: one of the largest elephant translocations in human history. Some of us actually saw some elephants being herded by helicopters and darted. The range of birds in Liwonde was again outstanding; highlights this year included the Malachite Kingfisher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Gymnogene, Bateleur Eagle, Black Shouldered Kite, African Barred Owlet and Yellow Billed Stork. There were a few sick students that weekend but morale remained high.
Mrs Mwase was once again invaluable in co-ordinating the building work prior to our arrival and all the staff at Kataya Lodge ensured we were well looked after and fed throughout the three weeks, including organising a dance and drumming group to perform for us on the last night.
I would like to thank the students for the hard work and commitment they sustained throughout the year, their parents and all those groups and individuals who were involved in supporting them through fundraising and donating items as well as the other members of staff on the trip for their invaluable support.
Next year’s project has been identified, if you would like to register your interest in Malawi 2017, please give your name Mr Parker, Mr Bradbury or Mrs O’Neill in the first instance.
Mr R. Parker