Our volunteers and workers in Malawi and the UK 

NeilWe are really proud of all the work our volunteers are doing for us at the moment, both out in Malawi and here in the UK.

Neil, our longest standing volunteer in Malawi, had a break in the UK after his first six months, and is now back, with a brand new and very fancy camera, for another six months. He just can't get enough. He's on excellent terms with all the lion cubs, and his experience is invaluable when new volunteers arrive.Beth and Sheetal He's also bought himself a motorbike, which he has promised to leave when he returns to England.

He was joined in June by Beth and Sheetal from Wales. Sheetal did some very useful research into the road system and its effects on the vegetation, and Beth did an evaluation of the area that will be used to house the new Rhinos which we plan to translocate from Liwonde Rhino Sanctuary next year. Beth and Sheetal have now gone back to the UK to complete their university studies.

Jade and Chloe

As I write, Marnus Roodbol is driving up from his native South Africa to spend some time helping with the predator breeding programme, and, most important, bringing much needed medical supplies for the vet centre. He will be joined in September by Jade and Chloe, all the way from Australia.As well as helping with marketing and with the outreach work Jade will be using her journalism skills to keep our web sites and facebook pages up to date, and Chloe will be assisting in the vet centre. Check out how they get on at our sister site at MWCT Kids wrapped up warm for the winter

Meanwhile the Italian contingent at MWCT-Italia have been doing stalwart service packing up a huge container full of all sorts of stuff from solar panels to veterinary supplies, which is due to arrive at Mwabvi around the beginning of September.

Adele with Aunt Janet's blanketsAnd of course everyone in the UK has been working very hard as well. The seasonal temperature variation in southern Malawi is quite high and when you're used to the summer temperatures of up to 40deg, the 15deg winters can be quite chilly, so the Pinchbeck Knitting Circle have had their work cut out providing another batch of woolly jumpers and knitted toys for the kids, which Gaynor took out on her last trip. So far they have made over 400 items.

Our friend Janet Thompson (aunt of Trustee Pauline Davis) has also been plying the needles, making blankets for Adele to distribute to the local people.Kate and Dave's garden party

Meanwhile Kate Mitchell and Dave Start hosted a magnificent garden party at their beautiful home in Lincoln. Cakes were baked, attics were ransacked, sausages were barbequed and, needless to say, beer was drunk. For once the British weather was on our side, and people queued up to buy the beautiful wooden items that Maxwell makes on his hand-turned lathe in Bangula, and Gaynor brings back to England by the bagful. She says her arms are gettinglonger! But we have plans to create a full business linked to a Fairtrade retailer in the UK.The cake and its lucky winners

The highlight of the day was a magnificent cake with Africa in icing on the top, baked by Nikki Fox, one of Kate's friends, It was unanimously decided that it couldn't be simply sold, so a book of raffle tickets was hastily sought and found. Of couse, the lucky winners, Rob and Jan, generously shared their prize with the other guests. The whole afternoon was a resounding success, a good time was had by all, and we raised over £500 into the bargain.The newly furnished dining area

Many thanks to all of them, and to our corporate partners as well - KC Engineering in Bagula have supplied a large dining table and chairs for our upgraded and redecorated dining area, and i-Trust , the Cambridge-based not for profit organisation that recycles IT kit to sell and donate to charities, has provided much needed computer equipment for the schools. 

Building the new entrance office and gate into the reserveAnd finally where would we be without our amazing team of local workers building roads, offices, animal enclosures and doing all the jobs that are helping to build Chipembere Camp and the Mwabvi reserve into the hugely successful project that it has become. Of course, they are not volunteers, we pay them, and as the third largest employer in the area we are doing a massive amount to boost the local economy. 

The new gatehouse under contructionWith their help we have completed our veterinary centre, expanded our predator enclosure, given our volunteer centre a covered washroom and individual bays for visitors, finished our orphan centre and renovated and decorated the kitchen area. Not to mention providing a luxury lodge and a fully equipped campsite within the reserve, and most recently built the brand new gatehouse at the reserve entrance.The MAN truck being loaded with materials

The MAN truck is in constant use transporting men and materials in and out of the reserve (and apparently turns a lot of heads on its occasional trips up to the big city, Blantyre). It all has to be seen to be believed and we at PAW are immensely proud of the progress we are making.The refurbished kitchen area

Finally a picture for would be volunteers, this is the newly refurbished kitchen - complete with microwave oven (soon to be powered by our system of solar panels). After a hard day in the bush, feeding lion cubs or counting species, we know you deserve something good to come back to!