My First Two Days in Makupo, Kasungu

By Frank Juvenal

It was such a wonderful afternoon.  After a long flight and 2 hour drive, some community people and all the students came outside to greet me as I arrived in the village. I was really happy to see that the people in the community are very welcoming and they showed me around. Even though I have been to Malawi before and speak their language (Chichewa), people in the community were very willing and ready to teach me some extra Chichewa words.  Subsequently, as they were trying to teach me some words in Chichewa, they were very surprised to find out that I speak quite a bit of their language. However, I even learned some new words from them.

Since I arrived one week later, I felt that I had to catch up with the rest of the group. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find out that the same evening that I arrived, the community girls were going to entertain everyone with the cultural dance called “Vimbuza.” This was helpful to me since everyone joined the girls in dancing and singing. It was such a fun evening and this made me “feel at home” as I was first told upon my arrival by the Chief of Makupo.

On the next day, I didn’t wait to get used to the new place. Rather, I thought of getting started with my project so that I could catch up with the rest of the group especially since I came one week later. So, I took a look at the soil as someone was showing me around and discovered that it is clay-sand soil. I started to think of what would be the best vegetables to grow in the “Demonstration Garden” I was going to create as my research project. I was taken to Kasungu town in the afternoon where I was shown different places and shops where some seeds and some tools for the garden could be purchased.

Considering how the first two days were and how amazing the people were as well, I couldn’t wait to get started with the project.


2 thoughts on “My First Two Days in Makupo, Kasungu

  1. Susan van Gelder

    I’m curious about what the local people already grow. Is the community garden to experiment with vegetables they are not already growing? Or is it for the school? If so, will you be using the garden in a curriculum unit? Lots of questions…

    1. Frank Juvenal

      There is no community garden so far. People here plant corn during rainy season and I thought of introducing carrots since not many people eat/grow carrots in Makupo.


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