I don't need to take bus to go to the Book Shop where I work as a volunteer, as my house is not so far away, I'm very glad for that. The Book Shop is 15 minutes by walk from my house in Chitawira, Blantyre and to go there I take a short way. It is a footpath just for people between maize plantations, guava trees and mango trees, and I have to cross a small bridge - a primitive footbridge made of wood - over a polluted small river that each day has a different color! Now it has been raining a lot so there are many pools of mud and the ground became slippy, I need to be careful. Many people walk trough this short way so there are 2 stands with sellers of chips and fried chicken. If I go earlier, about 7:00 in the morning, I can see them preparing their stuff, peeling potatoes, lighting the charcoal stoves and killing the chickens! This footpath is located behind the Polytechnic, a College of University of Malawi.
The Malawi Polytechnic was established in 1965 and has now grown to six academic faculties offering degrees in the are of Engineering, Commerce, Applied Science, Education Media Studies and Building. I went there to visit this week and talked to the director of the Department of Environmental Health, Mr. Kingsley Lungu. He explained me about this department and told me the college has 2,500 students. I asked if there was Environmental Engineering but he told me they don't have this course. There are only three Engineering undergraduate courses: Civil, Electrical and Mechanical. The university wasn't so busy as the students are coming back from holiday this week.