November 1st: Our Halloween Themed EWB Team and Strategic Year Planning Meeting

Our first team meeting was held in beautiful Senga Bay (a place most Malawians are very proud of – and rightly so!) right on Lake Malawi.

The meeting began on a Sunday, so I decided to head out early Saturday morning to give myself some time explore Senga Bay. I rented a canoe with my co-worker Kristina and we headed to a nearby island, which I had read in travel guides had large lizards and great swimming. After spending a couple hours on the island we found 2 of these large lizards, it was very exciting!

The team meeting was nice because we had a new staff member Gen join the team from Canada earlier in the week, so it gave us a chance to get to know her, and to know others on the team who we do not communicate with frequently.

We did a lot of team building and debrief activities as myself and Eric were halfway through our placements. We also used the meeting as a time for year planning. This meant getting the team understanding the two WatSan Malawi Ventures (WASH Coordination – my team, and WASH Catalysts) at a deeper level. Then we were able to better think of where we want go, how we are going to do it, and what tools we will use to see if we are heading where we hoped.

Overall it was an extremely positive experience and made me feel more like a piece of something larger that can really make change in the Malawian WASH sector.

Highlights of the trip included: Seeing a wild hippo cruising along the water edge as hundreds of villagers ran chasing him down the beach for better view.

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The Halloween theme (I was a scary-killer lumber jack-ette):

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A beautiful lake to cool down in:

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A comfortable location go get down to serious work!

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The Halloween themed games:

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My first ride in the back of a matola (pick-up truck for transporting people from town to town):

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And having company on the mini-bus:

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It was a great trip, I am already looking forward to our next team meeting and the FIDAP with the Zambian EWB team!

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