I am a Canadian living in Malawi, Africa. I have been studying the culture for a number of years now in relation to movement patterns and cause of injury based on daily activities as well as cultural expectations. We are now registered as a non-profit and building education and awareness in the communities about cause of injury from habitual movement patterns and alternatives movement patterns to prevent these issues. We also look at home care for chronic limitations by training local volunteers in basic rehabilitation assessment and treatment. All our training is implemented through biblical principles and cultural perspectives. No donations are given to the community but for change to be instilled is through self motivation of the desired impact it has in the long term.
I stay in Northern Malawi along the lake shore. It's a warm climate which often welcomes swims in the lake after a day in the village or behind the computer! Malawi is a very peaceful and friendly country that I have enjoyed and continue to.
Myself personally, I was a massage therapist by trade. My heart is for elderly people and care of those bedridden; especially in remote locations. Right now the work has added in more of an occupational therapy/physio need as I am building on the needs communicated by the village and their willingness to engage.
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This is a deeply engaging cultural experience. You are not just visiting Malawi on the outside but truly engaged in the local communities at an intimate level. There is opportunity to stay in their homes and connect, learn and observe. You will learn language, customs, and traditions.
As I've shared, all that I am building and studying is quite a new concept. As rehabilitation itself is a slow growing road here, majority of focus is on disability and primary patient care (post injury or HIV related), going into prevention and chronic has brought a whole new approach to the community and process. It's great to observe the community learn something new and together build ideas that can benefit their own lives!
I have held a standard of building a structure through a relational approach. Honoring and respect of the people and their values. In this, has been recognizing the challenges alcohol has in this cultural and how it is viewed locally. Especially amongst women and elders. For this reason, engaging in an excessive level of this lifestyle does have an impact on the relationship and work. My aim has been to maintain a consideration to this.
I am looking for support in admin, organization, as well as support in seeking grants and funding which also includes proposal writing. Another other area is with videography. Capturing daily life in the village and the concepts we are building to portray for others outside Malawi.
For someone with admin/seeking grants; your initial time would be spent alongside myself to hear and see what I've done and am doing. Come to the village, observe training's, hear from the community, visit patients at home. Begin to grasp the full picture of what we are doing and why. Than from there, it is at your own pace of initiative to fill in some of the gaps around admin, organizing, proposals... whatever you feel you see fit. I assure you, it won't be hard to notice; I do great at the hands on side of work!
All of this is an exciting opportunity to dive into something freshly developing. Not just with myself but in global awareness. As the UN and World Health Organization have just highlighted rehabilitation and preventable injury as two main priorities in the sustainable development goals for 2030, I believe we are on an exciting path to open that door.
Focusing in remote communities increases this process as majority of organizations focus to the more accessible areas. I want to engage where the health support is least and for those most challenged to move beyond the confines of their home.
If it's videography; because this is a freshly developed concept, it would be great to have some things captured that can build awareness and understanding.
I have a 3 bedroom house.There is a nice office, living room and full bath with tub. You will have your own room. There is hot water and electricity in the house. Propane stove for cooking. Very peaceful, quiet neighbourhood about 5kms from town center. Basic shops near by. Main city for bigger shopping and needs is 45mins away.
You will be doing your own cooking and shopping with the costs being covered.
It's a great area and great home. A real place of solitude for myself, I'm sure you will feel the same!
There are plenty of local options in transport. Easy for basic or long distance travel. Good, reliable buses for long distances and plenty of options locally for short distances.
In town there are a few lodges which offer nice food and good swim spots, Kayaking and scuba diving.Near by are some other places to visit in the game reserves or forested areas. Plenty of beauty to be appreciated in Malawi!
It's a quiet and simple life but easily can be found with things to explore and appreciate.
Maximum 3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week