Lake Malawi oh and procurement!

Lake Malawi
Sorry but I have been very lax in keeping up my weekly blog but to be honest time passes so quickly here! Work continues to progress with my presentation to the senior management team last Tuesday, regarding the revised procurement policy, going well. There are still some elements to iron out – including the review and formatting of the associated procurement forms and although it seems to have taken ages, people here assure me this is quick for Malawi! I am continuing to work with Faith and Ivy in on procurement strategies, especially for high risk categories and I have drafted a short form contract to use and developed some T&C for the Local purchase order that have been reviewed by local legal. I have also been helping with revising the organisation charts for HR.
The big event last week and the reason I didn’t get a chance to do my blog was 8 of us went to Lake Malawi last weekend- a farewell to one of our housemates, Katie, who is leaving Malawi in 3 weeks after being here for 2 years – and it was fabulous!!!

Unfortunately we didn’t leave till late on Friday and the drive took 5 hours ( at least the roads were pretty good until the last hour!) but we arrived about 8pm and had the most delicious BBQ – the biggest T-bone steak I think have ever eaten 😀!  The next morning we could truly appreciate this lovely location as we were staying at the most lovely lakeside lodge, with great views ( as you can see from the photos)  and a fab full English breakfast (can’t avoid England breakfasts even in Malawi)

A great weekend of eating, drinking ( of course🍷) walking and swimming – although I am now told I have to take medication in 6 weeks time as the lake can have schistosomiasis (look it up! )
Even with all the power and internet outages ( we are trying to negotiate the latter with the internet company!!) I am still managing to keep in touch with everyone via email, or FaceTime and the most used application in Malawi – WhatsApp – a brilliant means to communicate and everyone here uses it! Please keep all your lovely comments on my blogs coming – it’s nice to know people are reading and enjoying them – till the next thrilling instalment!!!  😁😁

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19 comments

  1. Hi Sylvia, so great to see your adventures, Lake Malawi looks amazing, did you see any good fish whilst swimming? Sounds like you are making great headway with your projects. I have been following and loving your blogs! Claire

  2. It looks beautiful-glad you had a great time but defo take the medication! Keep the news coming-it’s good to read about what you are doing.

  3. What an amazing place and experience. Keeping up to date with everything you do, and we all miss you so much
    Love Elaine

  4. Looking good Sylvia on the beach with your 7 children lol honestly looks like a holiday pic and a family having a fantastic time . Well I think schistosomiasis is gonna be the next most googled word . Judging by what Rhiann said the medication is a must and I’m intrigued. Will check it out . You look and sound like you’re having a fab time . Missing you love Jen xx

    1. Hi Jen That is so funny as when we were at the Lake I met another British woman, out here volunteering. We got chatting and she said to me ‘I have been trying to work out which of the group you are with are your children’!!! The depressing thing was that I worked out I could have been mum to any of them!!

  5. Looks fabulous Sylvia and loving your blogs what a fantastic experience to have can’t believe you have been there nearly two months already

  6. Wow – it looks amazing. Great to keep up with what you are doing on these blogs. Make sure you take the meds – Ive just googled schistosomiasisi!!

  7. Another great blog Sylvia – amazing pictures too – a tad more exciting than food shopping and housework !!!!
    Catch up next week. PM what is a good day. Lots of love xxxxx

  8. Ewwww…Did they tell you this only AFTER you went swimming?!?!? LOL! PULSE is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone and I guess you are doing that. Glad to read of your great progress. Especially nice to see you taking advantage of your free time and experiencing the country and everything it has to offer! Stay well!!

  9. Hi Sylvia Glad your trip is going so well. Love the photos of the lake. Did you manage to see any cichlids? Good Biological stuff! Love Jenny x

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