Fall Update!

In July and August, Amelia completed a walking challenge for Warm Heart Initiatives: walking 500km in 50 days, and completing it with a 50km trail race.  Below, you can see a photo of her mid-race, hitting the 500km final goal!  It was so great to get out into the community, and into nature, and reflect on the work going on in Malawi.  Over this time, she was able to raise about 600$ over the time, all which directly goes to our partnership in Malawi.  In fact, our partner in Malawi (Rodrick) also did a walking challenge during the same time, in which he walked to town and back everyday, rather than taking a bus.  He was able to take that money saved, and contribute it directly to the project!

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Work in Malawi continues on.  We are waiting to hear a recent update; however, the computer that they regularly use has finally met the end of its lifespan, so communication has been difficult.  The board in Malawi has continued to work on maintaining a balanced budget, despite difficult times with income from a chicken and sanitary business that they are running.  There is a food crises in the country, with prices of basic necessities increasing.  Despite that, the work in Thukuta village continues.  We have had a return of a teacher to a regular teaching position, and scholarships are continuing to be distributed to secondary and college students.  We are eager to hear from the board in Malawi to get photos of the students, as well as the details of their finances.

As we approach the fall season, we know that the project in Malawi will be gearing up for the annual christmas event.  This is always an exciting time of the year, and we hope to be able to hear updates.  Here in Canada, we are going to be planning a fall event.  Perhaps another silent auction or tea party. Perhaps a quiet selling of goods, perhaps a presentation on getting youth interested in global projects. Please stay in touch!

Meanwhile, Amelia has made, and is selling totebags.  They are selling for 30$ a bag, plus shipping.  Made with material from Malawi and from Mozambique, these are great for shopping, lunch bags, and general toting! As always, 100% of the fees raise go towards the projects at Warm Heart Initiatives.

Week Two Update

Hello Everyone!!!

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!

Week 1 update

This week Amelia walked 74km in the Malawi walking challenge! Thank you to Sean, Terry, Bonnie and Lucy for starting the donations!

Did you know that unlike us, many Africans get most of their physical activity during work or during transportation, rather than during leisure time?

Guess what? This includes walking… So that is why it’s a walking challenge! WHO physical activity monitoring study.

we have raised 200$/1500$ (13%) and walked 81.6km/500 (16%).

Walking for Malawi

We’ve been pretty quiet around here recently. Not because we want to be, or, not because we aren’t thinking about the project in Malawi, but because… Well, life.

Pour most recent movement with WHI got met with some disappointment.  Our primary partner in Malawi was planning on coming to canada in May.  We were super stoked to have it happen, and then his visa wasn’t approved.  I think that was super disappointing, and we lost some momentum.  I wanted so much to show Rodrick Canada, and host him, as he has hosted me & shown me Malawi. So, that will have to wait.

How do I burst some momentum into WHI right now?  Well, the other day, I was out for a hike with my dog, and I thought… “Malawians walk ALL the time…  Why don’t I walk for Malawi?”  I decided to spend July and August walking every day.  In fact, I aim to walk 500km between now and August 20th.  It’s a pretty achievable, but not an easy, goal.

I will be updating a number of places that you can follow along.  The main place is our fundraising site:

You caring fundraising page

Also, you can follow progress at

Facebook

Strava

 

Thanks in advance for your support!

We are already at 50/1500$ for our fundraising goal (3%) and

13.7/500 (3%) of my walking goal!