As sweet as Kande, Malawi

Lake Malawi, Malawi We weren't at Disney Land and Beau wasn't Mickey and I wasn't Minnie.  We were in Kande, Malawi and for some reason the kids thought we were as great as Mickey and Minnie.  As soon as our group walked out of the gates of the campsite and started to walk through the village with Robert, our guide, the little kids came running.  It was the cutest thing ever.  The kids would just grab your hand and start walking with you.  They would look up at you with bright shining eyes and huge smiles.  If there wasn't a free hand they would share your hand so everyone could fit and be near a person.  As we made our way to the center of Kande the little kids knew the point that they had to turn around and go back to mom and dad.Kande, Malawi - little girl with towel Kande, Malawi - Meg playing with kids Kande, Malawi - Little boy Kande, Malawi - Mother with baby and logWe continued onto visit the school and medical facilities.  We were met by another group of kids on the other side of the street to walk us to the school.  How did they know we were coming?  The kids were a little older, around 8-10 years old, and they gave us the standard questions:  Do you have a pen? Money? Candy? No?  Ok, well can I hold your hand?  Yes.  As we approached the school the kids that walked with us made sure to tighten their grip a bit to make sure you were not going to let go.  The kids that found you first, didn't want to be left.  I understood.  They just wanted a little bit of attention and want to feel special.  Ok, I can do that for them.  They were as cute as pie. A class at the school gave us a gift, they sang us a song  There are 10 teachers for the 1,000 students at the school.  They do the best they can for what little they have.  It was good to see that the kids were very proud to show you their writing books and work.  I hope they stay positive.Kande, Malawi - school girl Kande, Malawi - kids looking it school library Kande, Malawi - school kids After the medical facility tour, we ventured into the market area.  We passed a bar on the way through and decide to try the local brew.  Really I should say Beau and the guys in the group tried the Banana brew.  The banana beer is served in a old milk carton container.  I don't think the guys were fans because they kept passing the beer around saying "no, you have to finish it."Kande, Malawi - girl at store Kande, Malawi - Beau with a local kid Kande, Malawi - Town center Kande, Malawi - kids looking into the bar for TV Kande, Malawi - Men in the barAs we crossed the road again to return back to camp after the tour, we were greeted by our little friends.  Robert, our guide, and his family hosted us for dinner that evening.  It was so generous of him to entertain us.  The little kids danced and joked with us.  They are sweet as candy!  The people of Kande were so kind and welcoming.  Meeting them is what Africa is about!     

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2 Responses to As sweet as Kande, Malawi

  1. JoAnna says:

    It seems to me that there is a ratio: The less people have, the more they are willing to give.

  2. Nick Matryas says:

    It is a good posting. I like it. It’s pretty much impressive.