A New Reality

June 7th, 2015

It is the new Airbus 300 series 600, fourteen hours in air, direct from New York to Johannesburg (Joburg) just in time to change planes at OR Tambo Intentional for the two our hop to Lilongwe. If feels quite familiar.  We first landed here in October of 1964. As always you enter a new reality. […]

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Teaching At Gracious

February 19th, 2015

By Celia Haering Having heard about Malawi and MCV through my elementary school (Chugach Optional, a part of MCV’s School-to-School program), my girl scout troop which also participated in fundraising, and my university (Alaska Pacific University, which periodically sends a class to Malawi), it seemed like time for me to make the trip. With an […]

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Nettie’s 2014 Sewing Project Report

January 11th, 2015

  Below is an excerpt from Nettie Graulich’s Annual Report on the MCV Sewing Project. At the Blantyre bus station we wait until the minibus is filled with passengers to take us on the 4 hour trip to Malawi Children’s Village (MCV). The bus station is like a walking shopping mall, vendors coming around selling all kinds of […]

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A Good Sign

December 17th, 2014

Missed the 2014 MCV Newsletter in the mail? Read it here on the blog.Below is a brief Sewing Program update. You can find other stories from the newsletter on our blog here or access the complete newsletter in PDF  form on our print media page.  Ayami, the MCV Sewing Project Supervisor, reports that Nettie Graulich’s program […]

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Points of Light

April 26th, 2014

It started 50 years ago this year. In 1964 two 22 year old Peace Corp Volunteers, (PCV’s) married for less that 24 hours found themselves in PC training for a TB/Public Health project in Nyasaland. This was not their idea. Although they had wanted to go to Africa, they thought they would be placed, a […]

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When plans go awry.

March 8th, 2011

You can never anticipate how many ways your plans can be thwarted.  Today it is deaths in the village and student riots in Blantyre, yesterday it was petrol. Yesterday when I awoke and told my lovely wife I loved her, her affectionate reply was “I want petrol”. So while I met with the District Medical Officer in […]

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MCV Sewing Project Annual Report 2010

March 4th, 2011

Nettie’s 2010 Report on the MCV Sewing program is here.  Click on the image above to read about Nettie’s visit and the challenges and successes of trying to turn a profit in Malawi.  You can also read past reports here.

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Welcome Home

February 26th, 2011

Two of our Malawian neighbors were already sitting on our Khonde (porch) waiting for us when we arrived at our thatched roof cottage at Palm Beach at noon last Saturday.  Over the next 6 hours until nightfall, we (mainly Ruth) held court for total of 15 visitors A blown tire from jumping off the road to miss a […]

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Nighswanders’ 2011 Visit day 1

February 21st, 2011

You have to love a country when in the midst of a national fuel shortage; the parliament is debating legislation making flatuance a crime.  “Since the country embraced multiparty politics 16 years ago, people have felt free to fart anywhere” said Constitutional Affairs Minister George Chaponda.  “Public farting has been encouraged by democracy” We arrived two days ago. The […]

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The Allstar Composition Group!

October 10th, 2010

It seems that I have become the composition maven around here. As soon as it became clear that writing is a strength of mine I was commissioned to teach almost exclusively that. (Stop. I need to take a moment to offer up appreciations, respect, and probably humble apologies to those skilled and patient English teachers […]

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