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Elvin

As you can see, winter is coming to Toronto. It was a cold, windy day with showers spitting on and off when I passed her on my way to class. I saw the colorful dried-flower bouquet from behind and pulled over on my bicycle to meet her. She proved to be as cheerful as her bouquet and responded to my interest and my photo request without hesitation. Meet Elvin.

This section of Church Street in Toronto runs alongside Ryerson University and has overhanding trees which at this time of year are losing their leaves. Once I had my bicycle parked and further explained my Human Family photo project, we proceeded to take the photos right where we met. Elvin took the bouquet from her bag and held it in her hand as I suggested and I took the photos. She explained that she loves autumn colors and when she spotted this arrangement of colorful silver dollars at the dollar store, she bought it on impulse to brighten her apartment. “I’ve always been drawn to autumn colors” she said with a smile. I commented that this must be her favorite season as the sidewalks are carpeted by golden and red fallen leaves. “For sure” she said.

Elvin is 21 and is an architecture student at the University of Toronto, a mile or so from where we were standing. She is Malawian, coming from the small southeast African nation of Malawi. Her perfect English bore no trace of her origins but her friendliness was perfectly in keeping with Malawi’s nickname “The warm heart of Africa.”

I had heard of Malawi but knew nothing more about it so a bit of googling was in order when I got home at the end of the day. I learned that it is a landlocked country bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique. One third of the country is water in the form of Lake Malawi. A former protectorate, the country became independent in 1964 and is now a member of the United Nations and faces many of the challenges of developing nations. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi)

English is one of several languages spoken in Malawi which explained Elvin’s lack of an accent. Furthermore, she told me her father worked for the United Nations and the family lived in several countries as she grew up. A challenge of growing up that way was that she was always the “new kid” in the class and had to make frequent adaptations. An advantage, however, was that her father’s employer always made sure that the children had access to excellent schools.

Elvin spent the last two years of high school in Vancouver, before coming to Toronto to attend university. Her plan upon graduation is to earn a Master’s degree in Architecture and get her license to be a practicing architect. She is artistic by nature and has had a longstanding interest in music as well as the visual arts. The pressures of university have crowded out her piano and guitar playing but she still enjoys listening to music. Her challenge has been the family’s many moves and learning to accept herself. Her message to the project is “Don’t give up. It gets better” and “Love everyone.”

Meeting bright, cheerful Elvin was a treat on this overcast, wet fall day. We parted with a friendly handshake and wished each other a nice day.

This is my 863rd submission to The Human Family Group on Flickr.

You can view more street portraits and stories by visiting The Human Family.

Follow-up:
I received the following email from Elvin which provides a bit more information about her:

"Thank you for these great photos, I enjoyed being a part of this project. The story you wrote about me is wonderful and I'm glad we bumped into each other. I've lived in Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, Jordan, Denmark and now I'm in Canada. I originally wanted to be a doctor but blood makes me anxious which left me in a predicament because I knew I didn't want to be stuck in an office job, but I had to find a career that was practical and would be approved by my parents. I've always loved art so I wanted to do something creative while chatting with my friend she mentioned her sister was studying architecture. I'd never heard of this occupation before and so I did a lot of research, it would allow me to express my creative abilities plus it wouldn't require me to sit in an office 5 days a week, and now here I am pursuing my dream."

It's always a treat to hear back from the people I meet and to learn more about them.




albino OB malawi cichlid

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albino OB malawi cichlid




Impala

Male Impala, Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi

The impala is a very graceful antelope of which only the male wears long horns lyre-shaped.
Each individual has his coat on a series of unique black lines located at the end of the ears, on the back of the tail and on the forehead, which allow them to recognize each other.
The Impala is known for his speed and agility to jump: up to 10m long and 3m high.

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Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

The Thirty-Ninth Session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in Geneva, Switzerland from October 21 to October 25, 2019.

Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 IGO License.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Chiefs of Defense, or their representative, and top enlisted leaders from Botswana, Liberia, Ghana, and Malawi Aug. 13, 2019. Townsend and the African generals were participating in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Chiefs of Defense from Ghana, Liberia and Malawi and a representative from the Botswana Defence Force in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Aug. 13, 2019. Townsend and the African generals were participating in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, receives a gift from Gen. Vincent Nundwe, commander, Malawi Defence Force, Aug. 14, 2019. Townsend met with Chiefs of Defense from Liberia, Ghana, and Malawi Aug. 13-14. He also met with a representative from the Botswana Defence Force. Townsend and the African generals were participating in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Prince Johnson, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Aug. 13, 2019. Townsend met with Chiefs of Defense from Liberia, Ghana, and Malawi Aug. 13-14 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He also met with a representative from the Botswana Defence Force. Townsend and the African generals participated in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command and Chiefs of Defense from Ghana, Liberia and Malawi and a representative from the Botswana Defense Force pose for a photo alongside their top enlisted soldiers Aug. 13, 2019 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Townsend and the African generals were participating in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




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U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Maj. Gen. Mpho Mophuting, director of general support services, Botswana Defence Force, meet Aug. 14, 2019. Townsend met with Chiefs of Defense from Liberia, Ghana, and Malawi Aug. 13-14. He also met with Mophuting, who represented the Botswana Defence Force. Townsend and the African generals were participating in the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference.




a last sunrise on the lake

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp




a last sunrise on the lake

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp




Small and large points

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material




Daily rituals

2019 Malawi,King's Highway restcamp- The beach place of discussions, washing, body ,clothes and kitchen material





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