Posts by Malawi Project

NO LONGER “GLUED TO HIS VILLAGE”

Charles Mpunzeni

“Glued to his village,” was the way Wilson Tembo, Executive Director of Action for Progress described Charles Mpunzeni from Chitera Village in October 2017 (See his story https://www.malawiproject.org/glued-to-the-village/ ). Charles had been unable to walk since birth. In spite of his disability he had been able to grow to adulthood, marry, and father four children.…

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CULTURE – WHERE THERE IS NO MONEY

A stack of currency

Lilongwe, Malawi … Progress in the poorest part of the world has been described as “pushing a chain uphill”. Here are just a couple of the most common examples. Making a simple phone call requires pre-paid time having been placed on the phone ahead of time. However, it seems few people have any time stored…

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COMING CRISIS IN FOOD

A Southern Armyworm perched on a grain stalk

Lilongwe, Malawi … While significant, (and not so significant) headlines dominated world news in late 2017, a newsworthy event was unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa. “Lost in the shuffle” for attention-catching headlines read: “Malawi; State of Disaster declared in ‘fall armyworm’ affected districts.” The story continued, “President of the Republic of Malawi Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has…

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THE DOORS WITH BROKEN PANES

A pane of glass with a spider web crack pattern in it

Salima, Malawi … It is often small, unexpected things that lodge in your memory, only to resurface and overwhelm you with emotion just when you least expect it. It can be a word spoken, a smell, a taste, a gesture, or a view. Because I am not a medical professional, every time I enter a…

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LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEOPLE

Doctor drawing blood from a patient

Salima, Malawi …There is little difference between people of different races, except the pigment of their skin. All humanity comes from a single background. Medical science has established the only difference is approximately 0.1%. However, because the skin is what is visible the difference seems more pronounced. That similarity is evident when a blood transfusion…

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“I HIRED A SCOUNDREL”

Businessment with laptops working at a desk

I sat with the Malawi businessman as we reviewed the job performance of a large number of employees. Though they were his employees a number of them worked closely with our teams, so we both needed the input of the other in order to have a full view of each of the employees. As we…

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SPECIAL BOOKS FOR SPECIAL STUDENTS

Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category

Kasungu, Malawi … Malawi’s first President established the Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category. President Banda recognized that Malawi would need business, government, and community leaders who could excel; thus, a school that could stand out in the crowd, and students who would lead the nation forward.…

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“I’LL HAVE A HAMMER NOW”

Hammer with nails on a rough hewn wooden board

In 1949 Peter Seeger and Lee Hays released a song called, “If I had a Hammer”. The song did not reach the top of the charts until the trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded it 13 years later. Their version of the folk song became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in August 1962.…

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PEOPLE DIE ON THE WAY

Rober Chilemba addressing a crowd

“People die on the way to the health facility because we don’t have the means of transportation to get them to the hospital on time,” declared Group Village Headman Lowani, speaking on behalf of the people of his remote village in eastern Malawi. “The main hospital is 93 kilometers south of this place,” he said…

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THE STARFISH STORY

A starfish on a beach

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast…

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