Bring It On: Sustainability to an African School

The Green Drive at Maru a Pula School began February 2009 and I’m thankful to have been involved from the beginning.  The Green Drive was spearheaded by Ms Lucy Dixon Clarke with her tireless attempt to bring eco-consciousness and behavioral change to the school.  Coming to Africa, the thing I wanted to do most was … Continue reading

it’s more like a short story than a blog post… Nsumbi Village Project Nov09-Jan10

I traveled from Botswana to Malawi to attend the 9th International Permaculture Convergence & Conference during November 2009.  Malawi is a tiny country encompassing the southernmost portion of the Great Rift Valley in Africa.  A large portion of its territory is a fresh water lake, which many people depend on for fish and their livelihoods.  … Continue reading

paradigmatic shift in international politics

What is a paradigm?  According to Merriam-Webster it is: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated;broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind Paradigm shift currently is a popular topic across many disciplines … Continue reading

liwonde, malawi

under african skys Originally uploaded by Dara Mulhern Click on photo for better view.  Scroll down for writing about this place.

dreams of african animals

One night this past week I dreamt I was in an open field of dry grass, in a savannah someplace in Africa.  There is a chain-link fence to my right and I watch a mother zebra climb the fence holding her baby by the scruff of its neck.  I think the zebra is spooked by me … Continue reading

new project! organic gardening with orphans & vulnerable children

Today the lovely miss Lila Pavey escorted Colleen and I to a little village called Mochudi about 30 minutes out of town.  Stepping Stones International has a center where orphans and vulnerable children, ages 12-18, come after school for activities and counseling.  They had an organic garden going awhile ago, but the momentum dropped and … Continue reading

article: permaculturalists respond to haiti This article is about how permaculture makes a lot of sense in disaster relief situations.  One of the main points of permaculture is that there is no waste, and that the products of one living system can fill the needs of another.  The example given in this article is that sewage waste can be … Continue reading

city life in lilongwe

The second to last night I was in Lilongwe, I was accompanied by the usual suspects out on the balcony of Mufasa, having a few drinks and talking talk.  We would go down to Diplomats later, the local bar, and play a few games of pool and have a couple of greens.  In Malawi, a … Continue reading

Liwonde National Park, Malawi

In southern Malawi there is a park known as Liwonde.  We drive into the park the night of Halloween, having seen not a single costume that day, but instead: roadside markets with neatly stacked piles of tiny shiny fish, buckets of dry beans, oil in reused plastic bottles, mangoes and custard apples, the Zambezi river, … Continue reading

round 3: perma garden at maru a pula school

Today was my first day back with the students in the garden at MAP.  Having been away for 3 months, I returned to find the garden looking mighty post-apocalyptic.  Grass has grown up in the pathways, most of the veg and herbs have either gone to seed or burnt to a crisp  and all of … Continue reading