My name is Farah-Roxanne Stonebanks. I’m a 17 year old Liberal Arts CEGEP student with a passion for the written word. My many talents include finding quiet hiding places, being able to read sheet music, remembering useless quotes from movies, and reading up to 3 books per week. I enjoy dying my hair many different colours, watching pointless reality TV, reading books on dystopian societies, listening to music that makes me sad and writing small pieces of work that I hide from the public.
The focus of my project is to create small film vignettes of the life in Makupo, Malawi, the people who live there and the obstacles they face, along with documenting the progress of the other projects that will take place around me. My aspirations towards this trip and project consist of learning all about a culture that I did not have much knowledge towards before, finding out ways we would be able to assist the people living there and documenting it in a way that’s accessible for other people to learn about it, and hopefully not getting eaten by a hippo or an anteater in the process.
My name is Élise Brown-Dussault. I’m a seventeen year-old college student. I love swimming in oceans, writing corny songs, and eating giant bowls of oatmeal. I can probably identify most plants in a North American garden by both its French and Latin name, but I can never remember what daisies look like. Things that I’m good at include making sandwiches, assembling furniture and doodling. Things that I’m bad at include opening bottles, passing the vacuum cleaner and describing myself in a single paragraph (just in case you couldn’t tell).
I feel simultaneously excited and terribly anxious about my involvement in the Praxis Malawi project. I hope to contribute something positive to the journey, even if I feel uncertain about the changes a seventeen year-old can make. Nevertheless, I feel like it’s a beautiful opportunity to find out. Regardless of what I discover, it’s sure to be a fantastic adventure.