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COMES THE DAWN

Outside view of the new distribution hub

Opening Ceremony Moments Away Lilongwe, Malawi … The day dawned cool and brisk, a bit overcast, yet containing no fear of rain. The rains were still six weeks away. The red dust from the African earth tried to climb the tires of our vehicle as we traveled through rain parched countryside. Soon after leaving the…

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SUCCESS IS A 10 – MEET ALFRED CHIWALE

Alfred Chiwale

Lilongwe, Malawi … He was on the job site nearly every day the entire time the Action for Progress Distribution Hub was under construction. Now he can take a few days off and relax with his wife and 5 children. The distribution center was completed within his original budget proposals and in time for the…

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CARS, CARS, AND MORE CARS

A long line of cars

Lilongwe, Malawi … Only a few years ago there were few cars in Malawi. In fact, only the very rich could afford to operate one. Suddenly in recent years, there has been an explosion of cars in the major cities. The creation of a middle class is developing and families in the city have sufficient…

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IT’S NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S AIRPLANE HANGER

Inside of an airplane hanger

Lilongwe, Malawi … To be honest and maintain full disclosure most grandfathers did not have an airplane, nor did they have airplane hangars. Now, mind you, we are not talking about a hanger that can hold a 787 Dreamliner with a wingspan of 197 feet, or even an older model 747 at 211 feet 5…

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ARRIVAL – ACCEPTANCE – WARM HEARTS

Lilongwe, Malawi … When was the last time you went to a particular destination, and when you arrived, had a greeting like the one in this picture? I must admit the only place I find this kind of reception is when traveling in Malawi. They call their nation, “the warm heart of Africa,” and it…

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OUT WITH THE PAINT CANS

New distribution hub building

Building Gets Finishing Touches Lilongwe, Malawi … Compliments and accolades to Alfred Chiwale, and his crew at Diamond Construction for their skill and expertise in the construction of the new distribution hub that will make possible a higher number of assistance programs throughout the nation. Cheers and praise to Wilson Tembo, and the Board of…

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MEET CHESTER KABINDA-MBEWE

Chairman of Action for Progress Blantyre, Malawi… The grandson of a Ngoni Tribal Chief, Chester Kabinda-Mbewe was born in central Malawi in 1963. He grew up in Mphathi (nick-named: a barefoot boy from Mphathi), a tiny village about 40 kilometers west of the Dedza Trading Center in Central Malawi. After attending Dedza LEA Primary school…

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JUST IN TIME DELIVERY

Tick, Tick, Tick, The Minutes Down Indianapolis, Indiana … If this were a Hollywood western, it would have been “high noon.” Had it been a manufacturing deadline it may have been referred to as “just in time delivery.” If it had been the arrival of an important delegation it might have been described as arriving “at…

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PREDICTION OF COMING CHANGE

Future Will Not Mimic the Past Lilongwe, Malawi … Forty percent of the population of Malawi is under the age of 15. It is a stunning statistic and indicates major changes and exciting potential for the future. More children than ever before are going to school, and more and more are studying abroad. Television became…

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FIRST GOAL MET – NEXT IN SIGHT

For the past several months the goal of the Malawi Project has been to assist Action for Progress, our Malawi counterpart organization, to complete registration, land purchase and the construction of a new distribution hub. Thanks to you this goal has been met. During that same period of time two 40-foot shipping containers have arrived…

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