I will be flying out to Tanzania for 3 months from the 15th Feb to 10th May. When I am in Tanzania I will be mainly in a Primary School working with disabled children. This will be in a south western region near Mbeya by Lake Malawi.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Malaria,Matema and Malawi

Wed 30th March-At school we spent the morning going around the dorms and putting presents on all of the childrens beds-little things like pens, notebooks and key chains most of which Charlotte had brought out with her from Holland. Some of the pens had string so that they could hang around your neck and it was so lovely to see that the children kept wearing them for days after. In the afternoon we moved into our new house but Charlotte was ill so I tried to clean, make beds put up mosquito nets whilst she slept. In the evening when she was not any better we decided to go to the Clinic and unfortunately her malaria test came back positive.
I spent most of the next week at our house looking after her. She went to hospital on the Saturday night and was given some stronger medicine which made her even more sick so she took a while to recover entirely.
Thurs 7th April- After finally sorting out our problems at home of no water and no electricity-which in true African style was not a quick process-and Charlotte recovering from Malaria, we were told that it was a Public holiday and didn't need to go into school anyway! so we decided to go to Mbeya to do some food shopping. After spending a very long time in the mini market(which seemed like mini heaven to us after Tukuyu) we bought some luxuries like cornflakes, brown bread even splashed out on some peanut butter and nutella! We paid a visit to some friends who invited us to stay the night and then go to Matema beach with them for the weekend. We decided that we would go straight onto Malawi afterwards for rest of the week.
We took a dalla dalla (mini bus) back to Tukuyu early on the Friday morning so that we could spend time at the school, we arrived to find that they had set up a TV in the Physio room and were watching the Pope's funeral! We did some puzzles and played ball games with the children before returning to our house. Frank and Matteo picked me up and we drove to Matema beach, which is on the Tanzanian side of Lake Malawi. After supper it started to rain and at about 10.30 we decided to to go swimming in the dark despite the rumours of crocodiles! By this time it was really raining hard and we were in the water for a few minutes when the resorts generator was switched off. So it was now pitch black and later on our way back to our rooms we only just managed to see the palm trees in front of us before walking into them.
The next morning we rented a canoe and went out across part of the lake to go snorkelling- it was so much fun. When we got back the others had arrived from Tukuyu and we spent the rest of the afternoon lying on the beach and swimming. In the evening a guide took us to the "crocodile river" so after a long walk there we were extremely disappointed to not see anything at all!
Four of us stayed an extra night and left on Monday morning. We decided that instead of spending 3 hours in the back of an incredibly uncomfortable and overcrowded pickup we would take a taxi so that it would only take 1 hour. Unfortunately I seem to have a bad luck with public transport and about half an hour into our journey the taxi ran out of fuel! So we had to wait for 2 hours before we could go again! We finally reached Kyela where we had to go to the Police Station to report a friends missing wallet. This clearly is not such a simple task as we had to wait for another 2 hours whilst they made a report. Finally they said they were finished and we asked for part of the report that we could take with us so that she could claim insurance, so the man then had to go and write this out and came back after half an hour with a handwritten piece of paper. He then refused to let us have it because he said we needed to take it to an internet cafe and type it up before they would sign it as otherwise it doesnt look professional enough! We were so frustrated that everything was so slow that we said we would come back and pick it up some other time!
We finally made it over the boarder and into Malawi much later than we intended but we found a room to stay in before it was dark and everything was fine!

Unfortunately I have run out of time and they are closing now so I will have to continue my tales of Malawi next time! x x x


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