Volunteers from Johnson & Johnson family of companies travel out to Malawi each year to support our projects. This year they have started the build of our ninth nursery school near Mangochi.
Once complete, this school will provide an early education and a daily meal to 60 children in their local village, giving them a better start in life. The first group reflect back on their week in Malawi…
The welcome couldn't have been warmer with all the Open Arms Malawi team coming to say 'hello!', an awesome BBQ prepared and… oh a beer or two.
Soon everyone sunk into a travel induced sleep excited for the adventures the next few days would bring.
While some of the group visited the infant home and local villages, the rest of the group work at the site of this year’s project.
The Malawian weather we all expected came out and the mercury hit 35'C! The tasks included filling the foundation trenches, finishing the block work, brick making and filling the inside foundations with a base layer of dirt - aka digging, shovelling and cement mixing. Admiration for the local builders hit a new high.
Malawian builders complete these projects without any mechanical support. Each block and brick is made individually and dried in the sun for five days. 100% of the build is completed by hand, each tonne of material is moved by hand and there are no sophisticated tools. There is not much beyond a shovel, hoe and pick axe. They are a perfect example of what dedication, sweat and muscles can accomplish!
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