Practically a sleep in with departure at 0700 as we had another long drive to cross the border into Malawi. The border crossing was relatively painless, although it took awhile for Miriam's visa to come through. For some reason Switzerland is one of the few countries required to get a visa to enter Malawi. The eat of us just for photographed and stamped in.
At the campsite Vikki, Miriam and Hilary opted to go for a village walk where they went to the school and medical centre as well as being welcomed by the witch doctor with a dance and song. Followed by having futures foretold. All are to live long lives (average life span in Malawi is 53),have good jobs, good love lives and whose family are thinking about them a lot as e are all travelling in Africa.
The school and medical centre underlined the poverty of this beautiful country with very nearly no resources in either. The school has no electricity and has 100+ chidren per classroom who sit on floors and share the small number of government provided text books. They are required to provide their own paper and writing implements - which means that many don't have these to use. The medical centre had no sterile beds as all were ripped from overuse; one fridge for storing the AIDS medication and a small generator to back up power when required. This sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. When we were there a power cut had occured. Vikki gave a few dollars as donation to both. She also have the pens and ball Gareth had sent with her to the school deputy principal.