In the morning Bev and I walked down the road outside our guest house. People who meet us are so friendly on the road. One woman came up to ask us how we're doing and what we will be doing and suggested some things for us to see. Mosquitos have been a bit of a problem. This particular guest house has a few too many pools of water around and we counter with Mossie spray, citronella, and DOOM.
Gracious Mpilangwe picked us up at 9:45 am and the day began Building Committee meeting at the church building site shortly after 10 am
For the record, here is the location of the building:
Pioneer Drive Kanjedza Forest
LW (Limbe West) 1293
It is opposite Soche College
The building is costing us more than we thought (surprise, surprise!), with all the usual reasons and excuses. One is inflation for the cost of materials, (but we counter that with the fact that we send over US dollars that buy more Malawi Kwachas). We strongly encourage them to control costs and stated that finishing the building is a number one priority and that further LifeNets programs will be put on hold until we get the building done. The quality of work is good. They were praising the roofers who were from Tanzania who do great work
After the church building meeting, we drove to the site of one of our humanitarian projects. Last year I reported about the unimaginable poverty of a family of 12 living in one room Ten kids!
We are LifeNets determined that this was something that needed rectification and for a relatively modest amount the Luker Foundation that resides within LifeNets funded a plot of ground and a modest dwelling. The house is done. They have a place to raise vegetables and maize. They are not far from a stream that provides water
Also, before we went out to Hussein’s home, we dropped off 88-year-old GG Chikaza at his home and visited with him and his granddaughter who is one of our scholarship students. Her name is Tiyamike (meaning Grateful) Chikaza.
After the Hussein home visit, Gracious drove us back to the Casa Mia, but we first went to Galetos Chicken, a tasty place to eat for late lunch/early dinner
In the evening I got caught up with my work with the home office and the eNews
Agnes Katsonga (from the day before) dropped by and brought us Malawi jumbo peanuts for the road.
Up early tomorrow, We get an email from Ethiopian Airlines that we no longer have a non-stop flight from Blantyre to Lusaka. We now go up to Lilongwe again, then to Harare and finally Zambia. Arghh….
Daniel red and blue stripe
Reginald stripe down
Kingsley white shirt later
Blantyre Building Committee/Hussein family
Wednesday, April 12, 2017