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Meet the Team

November 2, 2010

In addition to my District co-workers, I’m also lucky enough to be part of a team of hard working dedicated individuals who are working with EWB across this fair country to help build a stronger water sector.  It’s definitely a new dynamic for me – my teammates have become some of my closest co-workers, coaches, friends, supporters, and mentors  in Malawi.  All of this from people who 3 months ago I had never met, and who are all spread across far regions of the country.  

This past weekend we gathered in beautiful Zomba in the Southern Region of Malawi for our monthly meeting, to discuss, plan, share, strategize, collaborate and in general, enjoy each other’s company.  It’s always energizing to come together with a group of people who are working towards the same goals, with the same amount of energy and excitement.  It’s even more fun when you’re able to come together and share successes and recent achievements, and it appears there’s been many.    Here’s a rundown of our current crew and some of the results of their recent hard work (in no particular order):

Dan – Had a huge win in convincing the African Development Bank to install water point locks on all the water points they are about to install in a major infrastructure project, this should result in mega $ (like $200,000+)being saved by preventing water points being rendered non-functional due to theft.

Jolly Ann– Made magic happen here in Mzimba over the past month when supported our District field staff to completely plan, budget, innovate and execute a complete field session on their own for the very first time.

Duncan – Is building groundbreaking progress, looking at the way water point rights fit with village level bylaws and traditional authorities – serious possibilities here for leading the way on understanding how water points fit best into traditional structures.

Devon – Used his super duper networking skills to take a leading role in facilitation of the Northern Dutch WASH Alliance only weeks after arriving in Malawi.

Maria – JF extraordinaire, rocking out and making things move in Thyolo

Mike – Networked his way to epic opportunity at World Water Week in Sweden last month.

Megan – Just returned from promising meetings in Washington with Gates foundation for future partnership opportunities

Alyssa – Has hit the ground running full steam ahead, building on past successes with a District powerhouse.

Don – Proved everyone wrong by collecting quality data relating to water point failure rates from traditional leaders in a record breaking nine days.

Owen – Is taking water monitoring to new heights, with the EWB monitoring tool being scaled up to multiple countries shortly!

Jen & Sydney – Joined us by phone from training in Toronto where they are preparing to join us in person soon.

Not bad eh? Of course there’s challenges too (I just found out tonight that the forms that half the forms I thought had finally managed to get out to the field last week, are actually still sitting in an office 100km from here :S), but the successes and support of others provide a light at the end of the tunnel that helps you to push through.

In addition to work, they’re a terrific group of people, and we also managed to have a bit of fun over the weekend – a thanksgiving/Halloween/double birthday extravaganza, enjoying the plateau, and each other’s company.   It’s nice to let loose and enjoy some tastes of home once in a while!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dieter and Erika permalink
    November 3, 2010 4:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Alyssa! Hope you’re having a great day!

    We wish you all the very best for the next year…especially, good health, success and happiness.

    We have been following your thoughts, experiences and adventures from life in Malawi and are glad that all is well. We are looking forward to seeing you when return.

    Have a great birthday…much love, Dieter and Erika

    • November 6, 2010 4:56 pm

      awww.. thanks for the thoughts and wishes.

      I spent my birthday with my housemate and some friends, eating cake and spaghetti 🙂

      hope all is well, with the Rahut clan, (and you’re enjoying having Steph back in the Province!)

  2. November 4, 2010 1:04 pm

    Awesome team 🙂
    Hope I get to meet some of them at conference! Will miss you…

    • minashahid permalink
      November 6, 2010 2:26 pm

      you and Devon need to get yourselves to Ghana asap for some Christmas time chillin!!! i miss y’all like whoa!

      • November 6, 2010 4:53 pm

        ahhh…. sounds tempting, but so does the beach on lake malawi, and its a whole lot closer. you guys could always come this way.

    • November 6, 2010 4:55 pm

      I’ll miss you guys too! but indeed you will be meeting most of them there, and someone’s gotta hold down the fort here 🙂

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