“NOT ALL DAY’S ARE SUNDAYS”

Lilongwe, Malawi … Several years ago, when faced with a difficult project that was not turning out as expected, a wise Malawian smiled and said, “All days are not Sundays.” More than once his words have proven prophetic when a particular project did not reap the expected results, took longer than expected, or needed realignment to bring […]

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NURSES EXCITED WITH SUPPLIES

In the medical field in Malawi, there are few people, if any, who fully understand how desperate things become when there is an insufficient supply of needed medicines and medical supplies. Everything from an infected finger to a life-altering illness is harder to treat when there is insufficient equipment, supplies, or trained personnel. In the

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I CAN “SEE” THE PROBLEM

Mponela, Malawi … Reading about a problem someone is experiencing is one thing. Hearing about it is another. But to see it right in front of your eyes makes a far more indelible imprint on your mind and memory.  Dick Stephens recalls an event that took place over 20 years ago. It made such an impression

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SEEING GOD’S HAND IN A CRISIS

Mponela, Malawi … Chikondi was selling vegetables in the local marketplace to provide for herself and her two children. This 31-year-old mother, and her family, lived in Malowa Village, just near the Mponela Trading Center, and even closer to the Kasangadzi River.  As she visited friends and neighbors who passed by, she sold some of

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MONTESSORI STUDENTS “HEAD THE CLASS”

Lebanon, Indiana … The excitement was evident as Malawi Project board members Jim Messenger, Suzi Stephens, and Dick Stephens greeted the staff and students at the Redwood Montessori School in Lebanon, Indiana. The students had gathered in the church’s shelter house to present the board with over 7,000 toilet paper(tp) rolls they have collected for

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SEEING GOD’S HAND IN A CRISIS

Mponela, Malawi … Chikondi was selling vegetables in the local marketplace to provide for herself and her two children. This 31-year-old mother, and her family, lived in Malowa Village, just near the Mponela Trading Center, and even closer to the Kasangadzi River.  As she visited friends and neighbors who passed by, she sold some of

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THE WALL IS GOING UP

Lilongwe, Malawi … “The wall is going up. The wall is not going up!  “We need the wall. We don’t need the wall!”  “Who is going to fund the wall? Those in authority cannot decide about the funds!” “Go with the Wall. Stop the wall.” The debate continues across the U.S. concerning the wall across

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CEREBRAL MALARIA AND MOBILITY

Kachikho 2 Village, Lilongwe, Malawi … Malaria is serious in sub-Saharan Africa, but as serious as regular malaria is, cerebral malaria is even worse. The potential for death from this form of malaria is extremely high.  Without treatment, cerebral malaria is nearly 100% fatal. With proper treatment of antimalarials the mortality rate decreases, yet even

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HOMES AND LIVES LOST IN MPONELA

Mponela, Malawi …One week after disastrous flooding washed away homes and lives east of the Mponela Trading Center, Action for Progress and local officials completed an evaluation of how many families needed emergency assistance and began aid distribution. Assistance has been quick and efficient for 42 households near the Kasangadzi River, listed as one of

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PROTECTIVE WALL UNDERWAY

Lilongwe, Malawi … After several delays, due to cost increases, and other projects taking a high priority, contributors have stepped forward and made it possible to begin construction of a protective wall around the Action for Progress distribution center west of Lilongwe.  A minor break-in just after the warehouse was constructed took place, and Wilson

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