Tuesday 25th June- Day 6

This is a typical boy's bedroom in the village which also doubles up as a store room for the maize.

This is a typical boy’s bedroom in the village which also doubles up as a store room for the maize.


After a five o’clock start and a great mass with the boys from the seminary we were all up and ready to begin teaching the boys some Scottish ways. After spending half an hour making ‘jeelie pieces’ and arriving twenty minutes late we were split into two groups: Me, Gemma, Luke and Ryan in the class with form one and Sophie, Niamh and Matthew in form three. Each of the teachers took a class and spent the morning engaging the boys in activities to introduce active learning to them. Miss McFadden and ‘Sir Johnston’ did a maths treasure hunt and had the boys running around the school grounds finding the clues to answers of maths questions. Miss Gilfillan took art and all the boys drew a tone drawing of an eye with chalk. Mrs Kelly confused them in English by teaching them Scottish slang and teaching them the ‘jeelie piece’ song followed by a taste of a ‘jeelie piece’ During one of the maths treasure hunts some excitement was sparked with the discovery of a snake in the grass… I have never seen Gemma run so fast in her life. All the boys really seemed to enjoy the activities and it was really nice to watch them get actively involved in their lessons, which isn’t really common here. After lunch we set off to visit a hospital which was only five minutes up the road from the seminary in the back of a pick-up truck. I have to admit it was extremely fun! When we arrived at the hospital we were greeted by Sister Mary Martin. On arrival she gave us a brief talk about the hospital and then led us out for a tour of the hospital. Walking around the hospital was an eye opener for the whole group. The conditions patients are living in are horrendous. In Scotland we complain about the ‘horrible’ conditions of our hospitals but seeing the state of the hospital we all realised that we are so lucky to have the hospitals that we have at home. In fact our hospitals are in better condition than what we actually believe. The hospital didn’t even have a proper doctor, just a trainee doctor who is leaving in about three months. Sister Mary showed us some patients recovering in their rooms. Seeing the state of the patients that were inside the hospital really hit the group hard. We all had a glimpse of the real state of poverty in Malawi. It was extremely hard hitting to us all seeing these people in their beds physically drained. After the tour had concluded we all made our way back to the reception room and presented the hospital with medical equipment and baby clothes/toys that were donated by all of you. The hospital were extremely grateful at our gesture and told us that most of the things we donated would have cost them a lot of money, that they didn’t have to buy these things and were extremely happy at our generosity. On behalf of the group I would like to thank everyone who donated these items as seeing the faces of the workers when we handed it over shows how amazing your kind gesture really was. After the tour of the hospital we boarded the pickup truck again and headed back to the village we visited on Sunday night. This time however we would be able to see the village in daylight. We brought with us a parcel of soap, sugar and salt for every family in the village. When we arrived in the village we were greeted by a welcome song by all the villagers. All of the women were sitting on the ground pulling the maize off the crops to make their food. After greeting the villagers and saying a prayer the chief and other villagers showed us around some homes and the conditions were worse than we thought in the daylight. We really got an insight into the severe poverty that these peoples are living in and its only five minutes away from where we are living right now. Despite the poverty however every villager did not show a sign of sadness. Every one of them was so happy and proud of what they had. It was really touching for us to see them. It was hard to comprehend how happy they were with what they had but at the same time so uplifting to see and experience. We all really understand why Malawi is called ‘the warm heart of Africa’. After dinner we sorted out all the different presents and gifts to present to the boys and teachers of the seminary and fought off some bugs. Have you ever seen an art teacher run screaming and shouting away from a cockroach? After today we all have. Today has been a touching day and really opened everyone’s eyes to what we need to strive towards for the future of these people. Well now we’re all ready for tomorrow’s adventures!



11 thoughts on “Tuesday 25th June- Day 6

  1. Thanks Sarah. We are so lucky here and don’t appreciate it. Let’s hope we all can continue to help them in whatever way we can. Your visit will not be forgotten.

  2. hope you are still working hard, even though you dont like cockroaches. We went to the market in mogan, I got a pair of raybans at a bargain?? Mun bought things for all except herself now there is a surprise. Dont worry, she will buy something nice. Looking forward to hearing all that was not included in the blogs although they were very well written
    love Mum and Dad zz

  3. Well done Sarah, sounds like another very tough day for you guys…. Also sounds as though you are all coping very well with all these challenging experiences and situations. Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Take care x

  4. Loved your post Sarah, should make us all realise how lucky we all are. We are all really proud of you all and thank Mr Johnston and the school for giving you the opportunity to be part of the trip. Looking forward to getting you all home safely. Love to all.
    Mum and Dad

  5. Just caught up with both Matthew and Sarah’s blogs tonight. Again, great descriptions of what you have been doing. Your time in lessons sounds very different from here. And your kind gifts to the hospital and the local people must have have been like nothing you have experienced before. Hope you all enjoy the last day or so and have a safe journey back to Scotland!

  6. Good blog Sarah. Make us feel quite humble. What you have all experienced will stay with you forever. Make the most of your last day. Love Paula and Brian. Give Gemma a hug from us. Xx

  7. Greetings to Ms McFadden and all from an overcast Kilwinning! Great blogs to keep us all informed of what’s going on over there in Ms McF’s 2nd home!!

    Hopefully everyone in the group is nearly as good at the local lingo as her by now, and that she is showing you all the ‘Malawian Culture’.

    Say hi to Fr Naz and Fr Chunda from us. We hope they are taking good care of you all, and keeping Ms McF in check.

    No doubt the experience is a one-in-a-lifetime for you all, so make the most of the time you have left, and bring back some cracking memories to share with us all.

    Safe journey. See y’all soon.


  8. hello aunty bernadette,
    hope your having fun in malawi. I was scared when mummy told me about the spider. I am going to see monsters inc film, and I am getting a new scooter. Nathan is enjoying his dinners. See you when you get home, love kieran x

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