Malawi is a cash economy where the two dominant currencies are the US dollar and the Malawian kwacha. The current exchange rate, give or take 10 kwacha, is 1 USD equals 730 MK. The largest denomination on a kwacha is 2000. The largest bill here therefore equals about $2.75 USD. If you are buying groceries … Continue reading Producing Fruits; Elms and Vines
They were already singing and dancing when we got out of the car: 40 women in colourful clothing under a tree on a hot day. I wish I could bring you there right now so that you could hear them sing, see them dance, feel their joy and experience northern Malawi. I hope the photo … Continue reading Women In Malawi
Pragmatically, the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) responds to gender based violence in a number of ways. One of the ways is through various projects of Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWSD). In Haiti PWS&D works in conjunction with Partners in Health on an anti gender based violence program. In Malawi, one way of helping … Continue reading Neno – Responding to Whose Justice?
In a conversation with a Malawian friend I discovered that he had been off work for two days. He was attending the funeral of his niece. There is nothing extraordinary about this. In a country of 16 million people in an area roughly the size of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, there are a lot … Continue reading Whose Justice?
The other day John Carr made a comment on the Presbyterian Church in Canada Facebook page regarding a post from missional-aries.com . He correctly pointed out that we do not so much bring hope someplace as we are hopeful in a place. Both Vivian and I had been uncomfortable with the end of the original … Continue reading It Used To Be Better Part 2
Here is a piece that I wrote for the WESM newsletter that offers a complementary perspective to the post from yesterday. Who can turn down an invitation like this: “We particularly need people with some experience to volunteer, but we also invite ‘amateurs’ to join in. It is an excellent chance to really get to … Continue reading WESM Game Count 2017
A few weeks ago our family went on a three day holiday to Nyala Lodge. It was the kids’ mid-term break. They had a week off, so we decided to spend some of the time with the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi (WESM), taking part in their annual Game Count. We stayed at a … Continue reading It Used To Be Better