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Beautiful Inhambane

IMG_6412The second part of my trip was spent in Inhambane, starting up our new project there. I have never been to that part of the country before, and I always enjoy seeing new places so was looking forward to it. The goal of the project is to assist the provincial government to implement a water and sanitation project. We will support them and build their capacity, with the intention of enabling them to improve their overall service delivery. The government, as part of the project, is responsible to provide about 125 water points, three small town water systems, and promote hygiene and sanitation with the goal of motivating households to construct latrines.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2011-05-17 18:50

One Week in Nampula

IMG_6327My time in Mozambique has been extremely busy this trip. I have had no time to write anything. I am currently sitting in a car on my way back to Maputo from Inhambane, and I fly out tomorrow morning very early. It’s a 6 hour drive, so I finally have some time to catch up! I flew up to Nampula two weeks ago to spend some time on our project there. It was my third time to Nampula, and things haven’t changed much there, in general. Our project, however, is progressing well.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2011-05-17 18:35

Back in Africa

I am writing this from Nampula, Mozambique. This is my third visit to Nampula and to Mozambique. I am here to work on the on-going project we are implementing here to build water points and improve sanitation and hygiene in 600 rural communities. I will be in Mozambique for a total of 2.5 weeks, and it is going to be a whirlwind trip!

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2011-05-02 02:43

A Short Tour of Dubai

Burj Al ArabHello again! I am currently in Dhaka, Bangladesh on my final trip for the current project we have here. The project is ending in December, so I won’t be back again for this project. I thought the last trip here might be my last, but it wasn’t! I flew through Dubai again on Emirates (on the A380…such a nice plane – so spacious! It really is nice even though there are more than 500 people on it). I landed in Dubai on Thursday evening, and my flight to Dhaka wasn’t until 1pm on Friday, so I decided to take advantage of those few hours and see a bit of the city. I’ve stopped over in Dubai several times now, but have never really seen any of it except the airport and the hotels where I stayed.

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Posted in dubai | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2010-09-20 11:30

Another Trip Nearly Over

My trip to Mozambique is nearly over. It has gone by very quickly, but that could be because I haven’t been here very long. I must say, there is not a whole lot to write about this trip. I have been buried in project administration and management issues the whole time and although I have learned a lot, it doesn’t make for very interesting stories! And I’ve only taken two pictures so far from my hotel room balcony.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-06-30 15:42

One year later in Nampula

I am back in Mozambique, almost exactly one year after I was here last year. Then, my visit was to help with the start-up phase of our project. I was here for 6 weeks working with the team on a daily basis, basically non-stop. This time, the trip is shorter – only 2 weeks, but my purpose is more or less them same – this time I will be working with our project manager to get a few procedures in place and update a few things like work plans and budgets.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2010-06-24 15:04

Two Weeks in Dhaka

I think this was officially the fastest two-week trip on record. I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow already. Maybe it is because my last two trips have been significantly longer, maybe it is because I was sick for a day, maybe it was because I had company on this trip, I don’t know. But the time has flown by! It has been a whirlwind trip, or at least that’s how it feels.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:05

A Few Observations on Women

My lovely sister-in-law, Jenn, asked me to bring her back a wrap that she can use to carry her daughter, Morgan, around in. I started looking around the streets to see if I could figure out how women here carry their babies, and in the process made a few observations about women in Dhaka.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:01

Bengali New Year

Wooden Ferris WheelMy trip to Dhaka coincided, once again, with the Bengali New Year, which occurs on April 14. My very first trip to Dhaka also coincided with the New Year. This time, although my colleagues here offered to take me to see the major celebrations again, I decided to go to a smaller venue with my coworker from Ottawa who is also here, and one of here Bangladeshi colleagues.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2010-04-17 08:30

To Dhaka via Dubai

Airbus A380Hello again everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, because I have actually not traveled anywhere since November! Four full months in Ottawa – it’s been a while since that has happened. Well, to end the non-travel spell, I have come to Dhaka to work on our environmental institutional strengthening project. This is the project the keeps bringing me back to Dhaka – this is my fourth trip here. Previously I was coming about once every six months, but this time it’s been just over a year since my last trip to Bangladesh.

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Posted in dhaka | dubai | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2010-04-10 11:18

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