Week two update: Jacinthe has walked 150km so far in the challenge, and Amelia has walked approx 162km! We have raised about 240$ so far. We are on track for 500 by August 20th. Please head on over to our fundraising page to donate, and our Facebook page for a few sweet video updates.
I have been reflecting on what I would like to write this week. I realized that it is important to keep on top of what is currently happening in Malawi (BBC Country Profile), as well as what is happening with the project in Thukuta village. On the walking front: I remember the first time I went into Thukuta was on bike. It really struck me this week that so many of the folks in the area are not able to hire bikes to help transport them. Folks, assumably, would be walking in and out of town… To school, to work, to the market, to get water. This is one of the beautiful things that I see when I am in Malawi: people of all ages out walking on the road and on the paths. In addition, I remember when I would have days that I felt down, homesick, or missing friends: if I went out for a walk, it would completely life my spirits.
Some current events that have happened recently in Malawi:
Madonna is visiting Malawi, and the QECH
Malawi is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years.
Malawi is struggling to protect the rights of people with albinism and Amnesty International is aware.
So: “On On” with the walking! We will provide another update in a week. Please head over to our “how you can help” page with a link to paypal, or other ways to help. Some walking pictures from this week!