Meet Pamela Chisenga

I’m back. I’m writing this from the comfort of my double bed. There are no bed bugs hiding out in my sleeping bag, no mice running up my leg as I try to sleep, no carpenter bees to shower me with sawdust from their construction works in the middle of the night. I’m eating a…

Feeling at home

I’ve been on placement now for 2 weeks and starting to feel right at home here. Apart from the increasingly same-y diet of nshima and tomatoes and eggs, there’s not a lot to complain about.

Ndepema

Ndepema means I’m still alive in Bemba, apparently. I’ve been here for over a week now, stuck indoors most of the time during our pre-departure training. The weather has been a combination of glorious sunshine and quite cool and windy.

3 months reduced to 60 Litres

With only 24 hours until I hop on a plane bound for Zambia, the packing has begun. With 3 Boots bags’ worth of essential toiletries and hand sanitizer taking up a good majority of my 22kg, I will most likely be wearing my wardrobe on the plane. And let us not forget poor Keith the ukulele, whose…

How to be really good at injections

For those of you who have never had the privilege of accompanying me to the doctor’s office, you have missed out on something truly special. For those of you who have been blessed with such a luxury, I congratulate you. (Overachiever that I am, I was the only student in a school of 600 allowed…

“The way we think about charity is dead wrong”

I do love trawling through TED.com, of a Saturday evening, in search of an inspiring new video to make me feel like my Big Night In has not been entirely unproductive. Such is how I stumbled across Dan Pallotta‘s talk about our interpretation of charity in the Western world (he refers specifically to the United…

A win for us all

So there it is: I’ve surpassed my target by over £100! I have been absolutely blown away by the generosity of my family, friends, friends-of-friends and complete strangers. I wish I could thank everyone personally, but for now I suggest you give yourselves a pat on the back and I shall be thinking of you…

The Final Fundraiser

In my ongoing effort to hit my £800 fundraising target, I have not left the kitchen for a week. Well, perhaps I am exaggerating but considering I normally take the ‘I Only Cook to Eat’ stance on culinary activity, the past few days have been fairly full-on.