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very south

One week vacation in Blantyre. It feels more like a month than a week. A lot has happened since I arrived at Chileka last Saturday.
I even managed to fall ill for a day and a half. I still feel a little bit of nausea. It’s a long time since I have been in Blantyre during the rainy season. It’s extremely beautiful but very humid. So far it has rained every single day. Everything is lusciously green.

Some stuff I’ve been doing:

  • Getting insight into the administration and management of Chombo Children’s Home, an orphanage for abandoned children in Blantyre. Chombo was opened in June 2005 and now has about 25 kids. And there’s a long waiting list. The concept is similar to SOS Kinderdorf and the extended family tradition of Malawi. Malawian “house mothers” takes care of the Chombo children in the traditional Malawian way.
  • I’ve met with local companies and NGOs that have donated food for Chombo children. I also learnt that a WFP feeding program has started providing a meal at all primary schools around Blantyre.
  • I’ve met 2 Social Welfare Officers of Blantyre City and learnt about the community-based approach Blantyre City is pursuing to take care of orphans. Before abandoned children are referred to an orphanage, these officers investigate and find out if there are any relatives who can take care of them. This week a new girl, aged about 9 or 10 years old, moved to Chombo Children’s Home. She was chased from the house where she was staying and slept outside for several nights, before trying to find shelter in another part of town.
  • I’ve installed Ubuntu Linux on laptops for administrative and management purposes at Chombo. And now I’m teaching how to use OpenOffice. Which is fun.

> More about Chombo:

Books I’m reading:

I finished reading “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith, and now I’ve started “Mukiwa – A White Boy in Africa” by Peter Godwin.

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General Learning Italian

condizionale passato of scendere

looking for the condizionale passato, 2nd person, plural of scendere?


blogafrica General Malawi-related

BlogAfrica 2005 Quiz

Been following the news in Africa?
Take the BlogAfrica Quiz:

via Mike McKay


Sales Tips for Small Businesses

I’d just like to share this link which I found helpful and encouraging:

Small Biz 101: Tips for Increasing Sales – Signal vs. Noise

The 5 ways to avoid discouragement also hold true for other situations in life:

  1. Be realistic.
  2. Make daily goals.
  3. Find someone to encourage you.
  4. Get the hard stuff over with first.
  5. Don’t take rejection personally.


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Blog on African airlines and aviation:


Entries on Air Malawi

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flickr General


for future reference:
retrievr – search by sketch


General swiss wikipedia

Overview of Public Holidays in Switzerland

Just in case you’re considering to move to Switzerland, remember the catholic Kantons have more public holidays:

Feiertage in der Schweiz

Here’s the
English Version

(Wondering: Would a regular print encyclopedia include an overview like this?)

flickr General Malawi-related Photos

Nyala Lodge, Lengwe National Park, Malawi

Roz of the Friday Team has posted this photo of Nyala Lodge in Lengwe National Park:

an ideal retreat and so near to Blantyre, I really think it’s yet another one of Malawi’s hidden gems..

And it’s always warm there.

More infos:

Malawi Tourism

Jambo Africa

General powerpoint

The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint:

a PowerPoint presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points

flickr General Photos slickr

slickr on my laptop

re-discovering many old photos in my Flickr archive with Slickr. I like the way Slickr zooms in and out…