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    • Day 27

      Im Herzen Afrika's

      May 31, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Nach jetzt weiteren 1.000km auf der Great East Road sind wir nun in Malawi, mitten in Afrika angekommen. Was sich schon in Zambia nach Verlassen der Hauptstadt angedeutet hat, setzt sich hier in Malawi uneingeschränkt fort. Beide Länder zählen zu den ärmsten der Welt, das Durchschnittsalter beträgt 16Jahre! und Leben heißt hier schlicht zu überleben. Entgegenkommene Pickups von Unicef, WorldVision oder World Food Program sind keine Seltenheit. Etwas Vergleichbares habe ich bisher noch nicht gesehen. Wenn die Kinder dann trotz dieser Lebensumstände am Straßenrand, sobald sie uns sehen, vor Freude nahezu "ausrasten" ist regelmäßig Gänshaut, trotz mehr als 30Grad, garantiert.

      Aber man muss auch sagen, dass sich damit ebenso der Charakter der Tour verändert hat. Die Eindrücke zu sammeln und hier in diesen Regionen Afrika's mit dem Motorrad durchfahren zu dürfen ist für mich persönlich und sicherlich auch für unseren mittlerweile eingeschworenen Haufen eine ungeheuere Bereicherung, definitiv aber kein Sightseeing Urlaub mehr.

      Das Erlebte in Bildern festzuhalten fällt mir zudem zunehmend schwerer, so dass ich dankbar bin, hier auf die Fotos und Videos aus der Gruppe zurück greifen zu können. Aber auch diese können nur einen Ausschnitt zeigen... vor Ort ist es noch so viel mehr ungefiltert.
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    • Day 21

      Last day in Malawi

      May 29, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 61 °F

      Today is my last full day in Malawi. We did a couple of errands in the morning, including stopping at Ethiopian Airlines office to confirm some changes they made on my ticket. Stopped for lunch, then headed to Dzaleka one last time. I spent some time talking with a young lady who is on the YWAM team. She is from Democratic Republic of Congo and was kidnapped when age was 18 by militants, but somehow managed to escape. She hitchhiked and was picked up by a couple of truck drivers, and while she didn't say it, inferred that there was some "payment" for the ride. When they got to a border, the drivers went to show passports, etc, and left her there waiting for them to return, but they never did. She had nothing, no ID, passport, money. Didn't know where she was. There were others stranded there in similar situation, so Malawi police were called and made arrangements for them all to be transported to Dzaleka Refugee Camp. She has been there ever since- 6 YEARS. Has applied for resettlement and now just waits for her request to be approved. Once they are approved, they then wait for an assignment to a new country. She loves the ministry at YWAM and has been there for 4 years, working with women, widows, disabled, and young girls- teens(her favorite). But her dream is to be a doctor. And she would love to get married and have children. So much unknown, but she has hope and joy. Won't you remember to pray for Dorcas when you think of her story? There are over 50,000 people at Dzaleka and EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS A HORROR STORY that brought them to the camp. It is sobering to think about the trauma, the despair, the poverty, the frustration of these people.
      Next, we went into the village just outside the camp and next to the YWAM base. Over 20 women showed up for Bible study, led by Roberta today. But first, they sang. Their joyful worship makes me so happy. I said my goodbyes to my new friends, and we headed back to Lilongwe. Roberta wanted to go out to celebrate my last night. There are only one or two restaurants on her side of town that stay open for supper. So we were back at La Cantina mexican restaurant. The food is so good!
      It has been an amazing and wonderful almost 3 weeks here and I hate to see it end. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Now 2 days and 4 flights to get home Wed evening.
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    • Day 14

      Next stop Safari Beach Lodge Malawi

      December 26, 2019 in Malawi ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Schon sitzen wir wieder im Truck...auch nicht schlecht da kann ich noch ein bisschen Schlaf nachholen. 😂😂😂Wir verlassen Sambia und reisen heute weiter nach Malawi . Ich hätte meine Reiseunterlagen doch mal etwas intensiver lesen sollen denn zur Einreise von Malawi nach Mosambik braucht man eine nachweisbare Gelbfieber Impfung und ein weiteres Visa für Malawi. Das Visa für Malawi ist kein Problem Allerdings haben wir es falsch ausgefüllt und ich musste anstatt 50 $, 75 $ dafür bezahlen. Was mit der Impfung ist werde ich sehen, Probleme lösen sich am besten wenn sie vor einem
      - [ ] Stehen🤔.Malawi ist so ganz anders als Sambia. Die Landschaft hat sich komplett geändert und ist hügelig und im Hintergrund sehr bergig geworden. Kleine Siedlungen säumen die Straße. HIer gibt ganz viele ordentlich Felder auf denen die Menschen ziemlich hart arbeiten müssen. Es gibt keine elektrischen Geräteschaften alles wird ja noch von Hand gemacht. Ich hab auch das Gefühl, dass die Leute hier noch ärmer sind als in Sambia. Unser Weg führt uns heute durch die Hauptstadt und dann direkt weiter an den Lake Malawi wo wir für die nächsten zwei Tage wieder unser Camp aufschlagen.Nun sind wir in der Safari Beach Lodge angekommen direkt an Malawi See gelegen.

      Was soll ich sagen es ist mal wieder wunderbar😍 wir zelten in einem wunderschönen Garten direkt mit Blick auf den großen Malawi See.
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    • Day 15

      Day 13 in Malawi

      May 23, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

      We took the morning to do laundry and pack for our adventure tomorrow through Friday. We are going on a 2 night safari in South Luangwa Park! Four game drives! Don't expect much internet there. It is 4 1/2 hr drive from Lilongwe. I will still write up each day, and if there is no service, I will upload those days when we get back.
      We went out to Dzaleka to
      have another conversation with the family who had asked for money to pay off "someone" who would help expedite their exit from the camp. This time the son was present, and he speaks English and was able to explain that no one had asked them for money, but his mother was worried and wanted to be prepared in case someone did ask. I am trying to find out more about the refugees' plight, what the process is to get out and be resettled. I have so many questions and not many seem to fully understand the process. There are many rumors spread also. We returned home, had Supper and I almost finished a second cushion cover, but quit so I can get to bed early. We meet the driver at 6:30 am😴🥱
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    • Day 4

      Day 2

      May 12, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      After sleeping for 12 hours, I expected to feel better, but still ached all over, had a headache and felt dehydrated. But a shower, breakfast and a glass of water and some Tylenol helped a great deal, and so we headed out on a shopping expedition. We went across town to a very congested shopping area that is impossible to describe. But you can get anything- hardware, plumbing, electronics, plastic warehouse, clothing made for you, and on and on. Our goal was two treadle sewing machines, fabric, thread, scissors, with a plan to give them to a group of women at the refugee camp and teach them how to use them so they can begin to earn a living. We were able to get all that we needed, and a few things that Roberta needed. Then we went to the chitenje market, where all the wonderful African fabrics are sold. A chitenje is a 2 meter piece of fabric that most women wear as a wrap skirt. They are also used to spread out on the ground to sit on or to wrap around a baby to wear on their back. The colors are beautiful, the patterns so varied and the choices are many. On my previous trip, I came home with a LOT of fabric and still haven't used it all. But the colors seemed brighter, the patterns prettier, and I DID need a couple of chitenjes to wear in the refugee camp, so got three pieces only, this time. I may get more before I leave here, but it was SO fun to look.
      I didn't talk about driving here, they drive on the opposite side from the US, I had forgotten that. It is jarring and scary as a passenger. To make it worse, there are pedestrians, bicycles, motorbikes, and lots of cars all sharing the road. You have to be a very aggressive driver here.
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    • Day 15

      Richtig faul am Lake Malawi

      December 27, 2019 in Malawi ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Nachdem wir gestern Abend unsere Zelte aufgeschlagen hatten, bekamen wir die Infos über den heutigen Tag und was wir alles tun können. Am Lake Malawi gibt es sehr sehr viel zu entdecken. Es ist eine artenreichsten Seen auf der Welt und ist berühmt für seine Buntbarsche. Hier gibt es hier 600 verschiedene Fischarten. Der Malawi See grenzt an Tansania Mosambik und an Malawi. Er gehört aufgrund seiner Größe zu den neuntgrößten Seen der Erde. Heute Morgen sind wir aber erst mal zur völligen Bewegungsunfähigkeit verdammt. Es ist unglaublich heiß und wir können einfach nur faul an dem niedlichen Pool im Schatten liegen. Auch herrlich... Das Internet funktioniert hier erstaunlich schnell und ich nutze die Gelegenheit mal wieder länger mit Marie in Neuseeland und Carlos zu telefonieren und weiter meine Englisch mit Clemente in interessanten Gesprächen weiter auszubauen.Heute Morgen bin ich dann wirklich noch mal zeitig aufgestanden um ein paar Bilder zu machen. Die Leute hier sind wirklich sehr sehr arm und ernähren sich hier hauptsächlich vom Fischfang, Den sie dann trocknen, verkaufen und selbst essen. Wir verlassen heute den Malawi See fahren weiter an das Mulanjemassiv welches sich 3000 m erhebt.Read more

    • Day 13

      Day 11 in Malawi

      May 21, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

      We got up EARLY for church, this is the first of three services at Capital City Baptist, and the one Roberta usually attends. After church we went back home and packed up everything we needed for this afternoon. We went to a beautiful place owned by friends of Roberta's called The Four Seasons. It has beautiful gardens, with water features, and a lush tropical feel. There are a few different restaurants, coffee shop, ice cream shop, fancy gift shop and a beautiful nursery garden center. We went for an early lunch and walked around the grounds. It took so long for our lunch to be served that we didn't have much time to eat so took most of it with us. I will have it for supper. Then we headed out to Dzaleka Refugee Camp and the YWAM base for a fun project with a group of teenage girls. Katie will guess what it is, I am sure. When I was here 14 years ago I discovered/realized that women and girls dont have access to sanitary pads for their periods. They use old rags, and when they wash them, they have to hang them to dry where no one will see them. Often, the girls don't go to school during their period because they have leaking onto their clothes, nowhere to change rags or wash their hands. So the leader of the girls group asked about having the girls sew by hand a period pad that has a waterproof/leak proof layer and a way to hold an absorbent cloth that can be changed. We also gave each girl a pad already made and a pair of underwear. So I did not have high hopes for this project because I just didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if the girls knew how to sew or even thread a needle. I decided to save time by cutting all the pieces out and pinning them together with a needle. It would have taken all day if I had them cut it all out first. As it was, we were there for over 2 hours. The girls did a great job. It appeared that most of them knew how to stitch at least a little and were able to complete the project. They were pretty shy at first and didn't talk much. I asked them to sing for me as a way to say thank you and will attach a video of them singing for me. I had 30 kits and 37 girls. But the last seven came an hour late, so they didn't get to sew. Then when I asked them to join me for a photo, they went crazy and all jumped in front of me, so the pics aren't great. Roberta took most of the pics, and she is already asleep, so I will add hers tomorrow. It was a very special and rewarding time for me, but boy, we were wiped out when we were done. I am thankful that traffic was much lighter on Sunday. We had an adventure in driving as we left the camp. Just before getting on the main road as you leave the camp, there is a very narrow space between two buildings that you have to drive through and then turn right away. As we approached that turn, we were met by a small herd of cattle, maybe 12-15 of them, and had to stop and let them pass. We never know what's going to be on the road!Read more

    • Day 34

      Die Reise nach Liwonde

      September 1, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Ich habe aus meinen Fehlern gelernt und bin früh gestartet. Obwohl Google angibt, dass man eine Strecke bspw. in zwei Stunden erreichen kann, muss man sie hier 2-3 mal multiplizieren. So ging es schon um 06.30 Uhr auf dem Motorrad los und viel Zeit für einen Strandspaziergang blieb leider nicht. Zwischendrin konnte man immer wieder beobachten, was alles ein Scheibenwischer aushält.
      Uns ging auch das Benzin aus, sodass wir erstmal auf Nachschub warten mussten. Die Einheimischen sind Kummer gewöhnt, begeistert waren sie aber auch nicht.
      Mittlerweile habe ich so viele Fotos von Leuten, die alle mit mir fotografiert werden möchten, so ist auch die beengteste Fahrt im nu vorbei.
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    • Day 7

      Day 5 in Malawi

      May 15, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 66 °F

      This morning we went to Dzaleka Refugee Camp, about 40km north of Lilongwe. There are "52,678 persons of concern (PoCs) as of 2021. The majority live in the Dzaleka refugee camp located in the Dowa district, some 41 kilometres away from the capital Lilongwe.  

      Dzaleka is a protracted camp with a monthly average of 300 new arrivals (62% are from the DRC, 19% Burundi and 7% Rwanda and 2% other nationalities). 45% of the PoCs are women, and 48% are children. The camp was initially established to host between 10,000 to 12,000 PoCs but now hosts over 52,000 individuals.

      Of the total PoC population, 21,530 have refugee status, 30,910 are asylum seekers, with 238 others of concern, making the refugee situation a protracted one." Info from United Nations High Commission on Refugees
      The camp is noisy crowded and home to over 50000. It is really a small city. There are schools, health clinics, churches, very small gardens, restaurants( someone with a hotplate in their doorway cooking for passersby). Streets are narrow and deeply rutted, filled with people on foot, bicycles, and scooters. A very few cars brave the very rough terrain, including Roberta's. It is an amazing feat to see her navigate places I wouldn't dream of attempting.
      We first took the sewing machines to Roberta's friend Grace. Grace has gone through an extensive training course to facilitate trauma healing. After two months of counseling in small groups to process their own trauma, participants are then trained to be Facilitators to teach those who complete the counseling how to counsel and then teach others what they have learned. She currently has about 20 groups of men and women at different stages of the training process. Part of that healing comes by finding a purpose and something to do to keep busy. She has training programs for sewing/tailoring and for cooking so that they can earn a basic income. They have four sewing machines and we brought two more. They were very excited about this gift and how many more would be able to learn this skill. These are actual Singer treadle machines, much better than the ones I used on previous trips. Roberta is helping Grace to write a grant proposal to obtain funding for her organization and they spent time discussing the information needed. While having that discussion, less than an hour, one of the girls made a dress for me! I did not get the picture yet of me wearing it, just you wait! Edited: photo added! What do you think?
      Then we went to YWAM Dzaleka where Roberta works with their team. I got to hear the amazing story of how God provided funding for the buildings and a couple to lead the team there, who are regugees themselves. We had lunch and then a women's Bible study led by Roberta. At least a dozen women were there, and translation was from English to Swahili to Chichewa. Usually there are more, but there was a funeral and it is harvest time so many were not able to come.
      I was so busy looking I did not take a lot of pictures but we will be at the camp several more times so will get more for future posts
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    • Day 6

      Day 4 in Malawi- Mothers Day

      May 14, 2023 in Malawi ⋅ 🌙 64 °F

      We went to Roberta's church, Capitol City Baptist Church, where she has attended for most of her time here. It was a good service, and the pastor's message really spoke to me. We made a quick stop at a very crowded grocery store and then went across town to pick up an old friend, Obed, who was our driver for all the teams we brought here. He is a hardworking man and has become a good friend to Roberta. She is going with Oved and his wife to his middle daughter's graduation from secondary(high school). His older daughter is just finishing her first year of college, and his youngest is finishing grade 8.
      Obed's birthday was Thursday. I brought him a small gift and we had a nice lunch at Mama Mia's, an Italian restaurant.
      Quiet afternoon and evening.
      Mother's day in Malawi is in October.
      If you have any questions please ask in the comments, or want to see pictures of anything. Tomorrow we go to the Dzeleka refugee camp and the work begins. Delivering the sewing machines and some other things I brought.
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