Malawi in Snapshots
This spring, a team of bloggers and other social media influencers visited Malawi to learn about the work of ONE and Heifer International. Photographer and writer Karen Walrond shares some photo highlights of her trip.
My trip to Malawi with Heifer International and the ONE Campaign was the third such trip I had taken to Africa. I visited Kenya and Ethiopia before with the ONE Campaign and knew that I was in for hearing some hopeful stories: tales of clinics now better able to manage dispensing life-giving medications to their patients, farmers who better care for their livestock and families who can better care for their children because of the assistance of organizations like USAID and, of course, Heifer. So, in many ways, I was expecting the usual.
For the most part, I was right. We were treated to joy-filled stories of milk bulking stations saving many gallons of milk for sale, families who were able to finally send their children to school since their farms were thriving, and mothers who were getting good pre- and post-natal care for their babies.
But while I knew we would receive a hospitable welcome, I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming sense of kindness and warmth that permeated the entire society. And it wasn’t just a warmth reserved for strangers; it was evident in how they treated each other every day.
And my goodness, the color. And the joy. And the vibrance. And the potential. That’s the word, really—more than anything else, the country feels on the verge of potential, for really wonderful, good things. When I was researching Malawi before I left, I learned that it is widely called “The Warm Heart of Africa.” And yes, that’s exactly how it feels. Like it’s the quiet, beating heart of all that is good and kind about the continent.
Karen Walrond is the author of The Beauty of Different and blogs at chookooloonks.com.