Author Archives: donmcmurtry

About donmcmurtry

I went to Rensselaer, I worked at RDM and at RIM. Perhaps we have paddled together or worked on some kind of conservation project together. In any case welcome to this blog which will most likely be used for my Engineers Without Borders project in Malawi.

From Brown to Green to White

Balaka has for many months been very hot, dry and dusty. There were, miraculously, trees that continued to produce beautiful flowers and sustain green leaves and even produce delicious mangos. But at the same time, the air was often filled … Continue reading

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Laugh or Cry ?

  I struggled with the decision of whether to post this. It is the most incomprehensible thing I have encountered while in Malawi. It is probably easier to read on the newspaper site It must be a long difficult and … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pie

My belly is pleasantly stuffed with mashed potatoes, dressing and pumpkin pie. Ahhhhh Thanksgiving, American style !! A bunch of christian missionaries are in Balaka from Minnesota and there was no way they were going to miss the quintessential American … Continue reading

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Bestings

Bestings is probably about ten years old and Sunday morning he joined me a few hundred meters after I started my run. Many children, usually in groups, will do the same, but they usually drop away quickly amongst a chorus … Continue reading

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Pass the Tobacco

My EWB colleague Mark Abbott posted an excellent comment on his blog today about changes in Thai cuisine and what it could mean for people in Ghana. I think his conclusion applies here in Malawi where something like 70% of … Continue reading

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Farming Lessons

Last night it rained most of the night and today the radio was saying “the rains have arrived” as they forecasted clouds and rain across most of the central and southern parts of the country. The farmers have been preparing … Continue reading

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Cholera

We had an EWB Malawi team meeting this weekend in Zomba; a short two hour trip for me, not the 12+ hours for some. And since it was Halloween weekend, there was a costume party on Saturday night. My costume … Continue reading

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