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QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD SUSTAINABILITY – Part 1

Field production

Blantyre, Malawi … In this 2-part series we are asking Chester Kabinda-Mbewe, the Chairperson for Action for Progress about food sustainability in Malawi. Action for Progress is the not-for-profit, faith-based organization, formed by Malawians to work closely with the Malawi Project. Chester is a successful and respected church and community leader, businessman, husband and father…

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CHALLENGE FACES NTCHISI SCHOOL

Boys in a classroom

Ntchisi, Malawi … The central region community that bears its name is the capital of the Ntchisi District of Malawi. Listed at number 16 out of a total of 28 districts, Ntchisi has a population of 317,069 people (2018 census), within its borders of 1,709 square kilometers (659.8486 square miles). Farming and farm products make up…

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SMALL GREEN GUAVAS

Fatsani

Sodzi Village, Malawi … Through 7-year-old eyes, little Fatsani watched cautiously as Wilson and Griven prepared for the food distribution. Obviously, he was apprehensive of these strangers who came to his village from some unknown place far away. Griven saw him even as he approached suspiciously from a distance; a poor boy dressed in what…

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LEBANON RESIDENTS DO THE HEAVY LIFTING

Lebanon residents loading truck

Lebanon, Indiana … For months Jim Messenger, a member of the Malawi Project’s Board of Directors, and his son-in-law, Lowell Miller, a teacher in the Lebanon Elementary School System gathered and boxed used schoolbooks and supplies. They were joined by Thorntown residents Theresa and Marvin Hayden, and Sheila and Doug McDonald, who gathered books and…

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CRAWLING IN THE SAND

Florence Sinthani

Salima, Malawi … Sitting under a nearby tree, she watched intently as Tembo and Kasalika unloaded a number of hand-peddled mobility units. Florence Sinthani is a 15-years-old girl from a village in Malawi. What are they doing? Who are they here to see? Visitors to this part of Africa are surprised to discover some of…

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A LIFE SUPPORT MACHINE

Benjamin Nyama Tsogolani

Gwileni Village, Malawi … “As soon as we entered the village, I was greeted by a young man named Benjamin Nyama Tsogolani,” recalls Griven Kasalika, as he and Wilson Tembo arrived with critically needed food. Life has changed little in this remote part of the earth over the years. Kasalika continued his narrative about this…

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CHIPILIRO’S DREAM COMES TRUE

Chipiliro and Griven

Salima, Malawi … It is not often an orphan boy from an impoverished African nation can grow up and fulfill the dreams of others, but that is happening in the tiny nation of Malawi. Griven Kasalika, grandson of a well-known, now deceased, Malawi preacher, orphaned by the death of both of his parents at an…

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FAMINE REACHES CRITICAL STAGE

Lilongwe, Malawi … In late January the United Nations reported 16 countries in southern Africa, including Malawi, are facing food shortages (Malawi News, Jan 18-24, 2020). The story quoted the World Food Program (WFP)’S Regional Program Director, reporting this crisis is impacting 45 million people, many of whom are women and children. Again, this year,…

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PLEASE HEAR MY CRY

Vincent Thomas

Malomo, Ntchisi, Malawi … It is an unmistakable sound, and one so sad to hear, the sound of a child crying from hunger. It was coming from behind Griven Kasalika as he helped Wilson Tembo distribute food. They were in Ntchisi, the capital of the central Malawi district that bears its name. People here are…

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FIVE DAYS WITHOUT FOOD

Naomi Phiri

Dowa District, Malawi … Deep creases etch through sad expressions. Years of pain imprint an intense struggle to survive. On weak knees, and a thin, frail frame, a weary and hungry old woman walks many kilometers because she has received a report that they have food for the hungry. She has not eaten in five…

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