November 25

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More adventures in Neno

 

More adventures in Neno
It has been awhile since my last blog as I have no idea where the time goes here but for somewhere with limited entertainment opportunities and serious lack of utilities, time seems to pass even more quickly than at home
My procurement projects have been progressing and if you remember in a previous blog I mentioned about a construction project , well they are now well under way. It is amazing how the threat of rainy season spurs work on and I am astonished at how quickly this building project is advancing

I am now well versed in warehouse formulary and stock lists and with the recently appointed warehouse and supply chain manager we are making headway in reviewing and consolidating the thousands of items in the warehouse. We are also looking at developing some preferred suppliers for specific services and it’s been really lovely working with the procurement department here and sharing knowledge and processes to help with this

I also helped in the recruitment of a transport manager, reviewing CV’s, developing interview questions and assisting in the interview of the 7 chosen candidates, who had travelled to Neno from all over Malawi . The whole process was very successful, with the first choice candidate starting in December so we are very excited 😆

We had some excitement here recently when one of the local farmers bought round a baby antelope, who’s mother had been killed. Someone kindly/ foolishly took on looking after her ( it was a female we later found out) and after a few days managed to relocate her to a sanctuary in Lilongwe. We hear Neno, as she was affectionate named,  is doing well

It is amazing here how the seasons are changing, it’s still very hot, in the 30’s some days but then it rains torrentially and for a while it’s a bit cooler. This obviously helps the planting of crops and everyone is busy preparing the ground while the change in the landscape in the short time I have been here is fascinating – see the difference from when I arrive here at end July ( on the left below) and this week

The garden project at the guesthouse I am staying in is going well, having planted onion, carrots , rape and mustard  – the banana trees have also burst into life this week after we all thought they had died!

I hope you are still enjoying the blogs and keep your comments coming – it is so lovely to hear from you all – Tionana 👋