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HANDED A STEPPING STONE

Brian Mhango

Blantyre, Malawi … “A lot of people who are much older than me go back to secondary school. All that matters is what one wants to achieve in life and then be geared to achieving it. This mobility unit is the stepping-stone I needed to move towards my destiny,” said Brian Mhango as he talked with members…

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DANGER ON THE SHIRE

Shire

With our breakfast complete we fall in behind our guide and make our way down the long stone path toward waters edge. Our guide’s name is “Danger,” and we are hopeful his name has nothing to do with his ability to successfully navigate the small boat in these crocodile-infested waters. We have seen enough stories…

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ONE PERSON OUT OF ALL THE NUMBERS

Divine Martin

Lilongwe, Malawi … The statistics are staggering. According to the Malawi Housing and Population Census report for 2018 (page 28), there are 1,556,670 people in Malawi suffering from some form of disability. This includes hearing, seeing, walking, speaking, etc. Of that number 418,669 have walking challenges. But that is not the real story. The real…

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CRITICALLY NEEDED SHIPMENT BEING PREPARED

Suzi Stephens RN Looks Over Supplies

Indianapolis, Indiana … “We have the greatest fear and deepest concern for the people of Malawi, as the threat of the coronavirus continues to increase in Sub-Saharan Africa,” warns Suzi Stephens, Medical Director for the Malawi Project. “Even in the most advanced countries in the world medical capability has been strained almost beyond their capability. It appears only…

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A NATION WALKING

People walking on both sides of a road

The Need for Bicycles Lilongwe, Malawi … Imagine your home is well out in the country, away from the city in a small cluster of houses, containing 75 to 150 residents. Imagine that not one family owns, or has access to a car, truck, bus or other motorized vehicle.  Imagine your home is 20 miles from the nearest trading…

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COVID-19 MAKES IT REAL

Staging area

Indianapolis, Indiana … For many people in the U.S., the critical need for protective masks and gloves was not a part of surviving the next day. This was something new as a major pandemic spread across the nation. People in the medical profession understood the life-saving nature of these items, while few in the general…

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STORAGE UNIT FILLING FAST

Supplies filling up shipping container

Lebanon, Indiana … With the coronavirus just beginning to gain a foothold in Malawi, and with the lack of medical protective supplies, support staff, and hospital beds, one can conclude the people there are facing a critical situation.  Shipments of medical supplies will be arriving at the Action for Progress distribution hub in the next…

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IMPALA, THE ANIMAL

Impala

Liwonde Game Park, Malawi … This story is about an animal, not a car! However, one will find it interesting to know that in 1956 General Motors named what would become one of its most popular cars after this fast-moving antelope. The car carried the image of an impala as its logo.   Impalas are medium-sized…

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WALKING UNDER A LADDER

Kudu

Liwonde Game Park, Malawi … Everyone has heard the warning about walking under a ladder when someone above is painting the ceiling. Well perhaps not everyone! The kudu seems not to have heard the warning, and this animal appears to be an early warning system for the rest of us to remember what might happen…

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THE NEXT TIME US!

Sofia Phiri and her son

Nkhotakota, Malawi … “We were in the Tonka speaking part of Malawi, so it was almost impossible for us to communicate,” recalls Griven Kasalika, as he thinks back to the day, he and Wilson were distributing food to a poor village near the northwest corner of Lake Malawi. “I noticed this boy kept positioning himself so he could…

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