The guest book

A collection of posts by our guests

Guest post 10 – on medicine and missionaries

Rachael came to visit us for a week following a trip to a wedding in South Africa at the end of November. It’s the hottest, driest time of the year – she’s a brave girl! She has spent time in Uganda and Sierra Leone amongst other places and it was really interesting to hear her thoughts on the similarities and differences whilst she was here.  (more…)

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Guest post 9 – communal living and goat stew

In October university friends Will and Emily came to visit for a couple of weeks and we put them to work finishing the pizza oven! Actually they were a great motivation for us and really encouraged us to finish some projects that had laid dormant for a while and for that, and for their endless energy and willingness to join in, we are so grateful. Will also got us started on our new hobby – yoga! Will is an engineer and Emily is an architect so their skills were very useful. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere: 2 engineers, an architect and a research scientist are building a pizza oven… [suggest your ending in the comments]! Here’s Emily’s blog… (more…)

Guest post 8 – singing in the office

In October university friends Will and Emily came to visit for a couple of weeks and we put them to work finishing the pizza oven! Actually they were a great motivation for us and really encouraged us to finish some projects that had laid dormant for a while and for that, and for their endless energy and willingness to join in, we are so grateful. Will also got us started on our new hobby – yoga! Will is an engineer and Emily is an architect so their skills were very useful. I think there’s a joke in there somewhere: 2 engineers, an architect and a research scientist are building a pizza oven… [suggest your ending in the comments]! Here’s Will’s blog… (more…)

Guest post 7 – A parent’s perspective

This is a very special guest post written by Joanne’s parents, Doug and Elaine, on their trip to Mozambique in May. It was such a privilege to have them here and to be able to show them what we are up to and how we live day to day. They experienced many firsts: from their first connecting flight to their first time sleeping under a mosquito net to their first time in a kayak. We spent a wonderful couple of weeks together and we were very spoilt by an amazing holiday in Malawi too. Here are their thoughts on their experiences. (more…)

Guest post 6 – on rainwater tanks

We were super lucky to have the brilliant Christine in Milange for over a month when she took time off from her job as a sustainability engineer to work with Joanne on the construction of 2 rainwater harvesting tanks in the district of Milange. She’s written a brilliantly simple blog about the need for the tanks, a bit about how they were built and some of the community development aspects. Special shout out to her for surviving long periods in the villages living in tents, eating only local food and being able to only communicate through Joanne! (more…)

Guest post 4 – an engineer asks

Lindsey came back with Joanne from the UK to Mozambique and got a bit of a whirlwind tour of Mozambique and Malawi. He patiently accompanied, and offered both technical and physical support to, our well-digging work at the lake and was a great distraction from the challenge of leaving friends and family again. He writes a lovely blog on some of his questions as first timer in Africa. Disclaimer: most are not engineering related but check out Lindsey’s own blog ‘Engineering beyond the 9 to 5‘ if that’s what you were looking for!

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