Debs’ Journal

My life has not changed.  My weekdays are a mix of work, sleep and study.  On the weekends, I walk with friends, visit my adult children and love my dogs.  Quite ordinary. Since my visit to Mwandi village in May 2013, and volunteer work at OVC, how I see life has changed.  I have a new lens.  My view of life has a new filter.  7 weeks back in Australia and I am constantly...
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Jenny’s Journal

Jenny’s Journal My name is Jenny. I live in Pt Lincoln, South Australia. In July 2011, I and four others went to Mwandi for a month. In June 2012 i went back again for six weeks. The fact of knowing Fiona and her family [being from Pt Lincoln] did not prepare me for the experience and privilege of being there. My reflection on being back, is one of love, frustration, tears and laughter, all mixed...
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Bevan’s Journal

Bevan’s Journal “T’is Bevan here. Have completed a year of mission study going into communities including aboriginal, East Timor and African ( Mwandi). It has been my conclusion that there are no bigger needs anywhere in the world than those at your own back door, where ever that might be. The issues are not ones of need but of ability to meet those needs. Meeting the needs of my community seems so...
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Tony’s volunteer journal

Hi, my name is Tony & I’ve just returned from Mwandi in Zambia (Southern Africa) having spent the past month working on a project to provide clean drinking water to over 1500 school children with six other men from South Australia.  We built & installed six tanks and over 1.5 kms of pipe plus fitting 15 taps to replace an old bore with a large electric pump. We also...
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Laura’s Journal

Hi everyone my name is Laura and I was lucky enough to volunteer this August in Mwandi. This was my first time travelling outside of Australia (not including Tasmania) and although it was a huge culture shock for me I was warmly welcomed and felt right at home. My time in Mwandi was packed full of activities and Fiona made sure not a moment was wasted. I had the pleasure of helping...
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KT’s volunteer journal

I visited Mwandi for the first time in 2007… and have been back every year since! I guess I could leave it at that and simply say that coming here was the best thing I have ever done in my entire life. Maybe just saying that would be enough to encourage one or two people to make the journey to Zambia. But in case it’s not, I’ll carry on for another paragraph or...
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Brendan and Annemarie – The Irish Volunteer Journal

“Mwandi” I haven’t enquired as to what the word actually means but it is a beautiful place by the mighty Zambezi River. After traveling across South Africa, coming to stay in Zambia and particularly Mwandi really felt like we’d arrived in real Africa. Both Annemarie and I agree that we’ve had an amazing experience. We heard about Mwandi from a work...
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Rev David Howie – Volunteer in Mission, Uniting Church in Australia

To paraphrase Mother Theresa: “There is not only a poverty and hunger for food in the world, there is also a poverty and hunger for love.” Mwandi is a village in Zambia which has been severely affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Most affected is the generation between 25-45 years of age, who are the parents of the children involved in the Orphans and Vulnerable...
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Catherine Oxworth

When I think of Mwandi I think of sand, sand and more sand. I also think of children, children and more children! These children are so blessed with the love and care of Fiona, Heather and their team at the OVC centre. To be a small part, of what I see as such a positive expression of faith, has been an absolute joy. The OVC centre in Mwandi is giving hope to a community riddled...
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