Q: What is the population of Malawi?
A: Approximately 12.1 million (UN, 2003)
Q: How big is the country of Malawi?
A: Malawi is approximately the size of Pennsylvania.
Q: Where is Malawi?
A: Malawi is in the sub-Sahara of Africa, in the southeast portion of the continent (central Africa). It is a landlocked country, bordered by Zambia on the west, Tanzania on the north, and Mozambique on the east, south, and southeast.
Q: Are there other groups who are sponsoring hospitals in Malawi?
A: Yes, approximately sixty percent of the health care in Malawi is handled by private and humanitarian groups from outside the country.
Q: How serious is HIV/AIDS in Malawi?
A: HIV/AIDS has reached catastrophic proportions in Malawi and in the other nations of the sub-Sahara. Recent reports indicate the HIV/AIDS rate to be in excess of 20% of the population of the nation. The life expectancy had reached 57, but has now fallen back to 37, according to United Nations Population statistics. An estimated 71 million people are expected to die by 2010 as a result of AIDS, and in Malawi the high rate of death has already brought into being over 2,000,000 orphans.
Q: What is the relationship between your evangelistic efforts and the hospital?
A: Evangelistic efforts by members of the Malawi Project, are not handled through this program. They function in a different realm, under Malawi Ministries, sponsored by the Green Valley Church of Christ in Noblesville, Indiana.
Q: What is the history of the project? When did it begin? By whom?
A: The Malawi Project goes back to 1993, when Dick and Suzi Stephens made a church-related trip into central Malawi. Seeing the need for outside medical assistance, the dream that was to become the Malawi Project began taking shape. For the next seven years, the medical outreach began to catch the attention of a larger and larger number of people and organizations. By 2000, the dream was full grown,and Napoleon Dzombe started building the hospital, while Dick and Suzi gained the interest of doctors, medical groups, drug and supply manufacturers. With the help of a number of volunteers, the Malawi Project was off and running.
Q: How do I know the donations really make it to Malawi?
A: The Malawi Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit humanitarian entity. A part of its charter dictates that no one on its board can be paid a salary from the income of the Project. To date, a large number of volunteers have made it possible to carry out all of the work of the project without paying compensation to anyone. Contributions by members of the Malawi Board of Directors covers the cost of postage, advertising, or other incidential costs that are necessary to carry out the program. Thus, the money you send to the Malawi Project goes for obtaining supplies, equipment, and the shipment costs to get them to Malawi.
Q: Approximately how much of every dollar goes to Malawi?
A: As noted in the last question, every penny donated to the Malawi Project is used for obtaining equipment, supplies and medicines and shipping them to Malawi.
Q: How often do you send supplies to Malawi?
A: We are currently shipping a 40-foot trailer filled with supplies every 6 to 8 weeks. These shipments take approximately six weeks to reach the Mozambique coastal city of Beria. Napoleon Dzombe sends his own trucks to the port to obtain and transport the shipments safely to Malawi.
Q: Is the literature and awareness of AIDS, and other diseases helping to minimize the spread to Malawi?
A: It would be hard to define in percentages, the good that literature and education does to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS, and other diseases in Malawi. But, we do know these avenues do a great deal of good in educating the people about the threat of this and other diseases. Our programs of education and literature are currently being expanded in order to help stem these life threatening problems.
Q: Are there medical people from America watching over the program?
A: Yes, see below.
Q: How can I help? Where do I send supplies? Where do I send contributions?
A: Information on financial and "in-kind" donations can be found on our Contact Page.
Q: Where do the doctors/nurses come from? If I am interested, what would I need to do?
A: Doctors and nurses, literally from around the world, have shown interest in assisting the medical work at Blessings Hospital. Those interested in assisting with short or long term medical assistance should contact:
Suzi Stephens, RN
Q: What non-medical supplies do you need?
A: A major item needed for the construction at the hospital are hand tools (not power tools); saws, hammers, screw drivers, hand drills, etc. Quilts, blankets, and linens are needed for the beds, and patients seldom can bring these items with them from home. Material for curtains and linens. Blankets and pillow cases. White nurses uniforms. Pens and paper. Individual bars of soap, wash cloths and towels. (Please contact us with other items you might have available)
Q: How can I arrange to pickup or deliver goods for the project? Is there a "drop box" that I can drop goodies into 24/7?
A: Please Contact Us so we can discuss your specific situation.
Can slightly used (ie glasses, crutches) or "outdated" materials or goods be utilized?
A: Yes, in fact, thousands of pairs of glasses have been sent in recent years as a part of the Malawi Project. All types of items, such as crutches, are needed. Dents, scratches, and scuffing on most items will not keep them from being used. Outdated medications cannot be sent.