Tuesday 15th July has been written by the whole team, huddled in their dorm room supping on hot chocs after a hard days graft, with a rainy evening penning them inside...!
"Today we got stuck into some full on work on the building site. Some of us were bricklaying, some were mixing cement and some were hoeing the new play-ground. We shared our favourite mandazis with all of the builders at break time, and dinner was delicious spaghetti bolognaise made by Anika, Preet and Hebe. There was still time to enjoy teaching the children the alphabet at the feeding centre, as well as playing a game of football with some local boys, who were much better than us!
Although its been raining today, excitement has arrived in the form of Mr Tothill's green poncho, which has been a source of much laughter and amusement for students and villagers alike!
Everyone has settled in to the daily routine here in Manyenje, and we're all having a great time."
Here are a few messages from the team:
Lydia: Missing you, but having a really good time - brick laying is surprisingly theraputic! I feel settled in now and even the showers aren't that bad! Love you loads, Lydia xx
Izzi: Missing you all! Hope you had a great time in Leckford. I am having an amazing time, and the weather is great;)xx
Alice: Hi family! Missing you so so much!! I've had a great time today pretending to be a ninja with kids, hope you've been good too. Hi Tom as well and thank you for the ninja! Lots of love xx
Elizabeth: Hi everybody! we're all having a brilliant time here - Malawi's a great experience. Everythings fantastic except the showers... xx
Hebe: I can't wait to tell you all about Malawi, I'm having a great time here. I hope all your exams are going well Jemima. Miss you all, Hebe x
Annie: Hi guys!!! Its annie here - missing me yet?!;) Hope you are all well, and that life is going on at home without me - ?! Daddy its stag time!!! Can't wait to see all of you, but Malawi is FAB-ulous, I cooked and didn't poison anyone! Mummy i got your card, and i loved it! Hi to Frazzle, your t-shirt is being well worn and i don't want to have too many snapchats when I'm back!! Mwah x Izzy - give darcy a hug and a treat from me:) Love you all bye bye xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Freya: Hi family, friends and others. Hope you're not missing me too much! I'm having a great time and havent lost anything (yet). I hope Christie's play went well, and i look forward to watching it back later, love you lots, love Freya. PS: Pizza when i get home! Thanks.
Anika: To everyone at home, friends and Phil (and Mamma and Pappa in South Africa) Malawi is such an incredible experience and I am really enjoying myself, just so you know I am now well and better and I hope you are all well too! I am missing everyone, but I look forward to seeing you when I get home. Lots of love from Anika xxx
Niamh: Hello Family, Malawi is beautiful, I'm having a great time. Hope you're all working home, see you in a while. Lots of love, Niamh.
Caitlin: Hi,Malawi is so much fun! I love it! I'm missing you all loads! I'm really enjoying doing all the project work, and its been really nice getting to know all the children. Can't wait to see you! Hi to everyone at the gym too! Love you lots!
Preet: Dear Family, I have survived the past four days and had a very enjoyable time doing both the project and the community work. Please don't worry about me, and i look forward to seeing you soon. Lots and lots of love, Preet xxx
Megan: To everyone at home, I have survived the first few days of the trip! I actually enjoyed my first shower and I have worked out a squatting technique! Its been really interesting being on the worksite, and playing with the children has been wonderful.I miss you all loads, and am desperately trying to catch up with my diary for you to read! Lots of love Meg x
Annie Cain has been working hard all evening washing up (such a star!) So she will write a message tomorrow.
Here are some of the team practicing their new Chichewa words such as 'cement' and 'bricks' (very useful on the project site)!!