Malawi

BOONE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOOK DONATION

Volunteers loading books for Boone County's Central Elementary book donation

Lebanon, Indiana … The school year was barely underway when Jim Messenger, a board member for the Malawi Project, discussed the need in Malawi for textbooks and school supplies with his son-in-law, Lowell Miller, a teacher in the Lebanon, Indiana School System. Jim highlighted how schools in Malawi had few books, and often an entire…

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INTERVIEW ABOUT MALAWI

Stylized picture of Richard Stevens with a Malawian girl

Indianapolis, Indiana … Through both radio and a podcast production information was recently conveyed about Malawi, and the work of the Malawi Project. Thanks to Chuck Moeller, a co-worker for many years, as well as a strong advocate of the work being accomplished in Malawi, an introduction was made with Todd Huff of Todd Huff…

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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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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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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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MAWAI’S COMMERCIAL CENTER – BLANTYRE

Traffic in downtown Blantyre

The southern city of Blantyre has one foot in the past as the oldest European settlement in the country, yet another foot in the present as a bustling center of commercial activity immersed in 21st-century activity. The Blantyre Mission was founded in 1876, and named after the Scotish village where explorer David Livingstone was born.…

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MALAWI’S NORTHERN CITY – MZUZU

A clock tower in Mzuzu

Less than seventy-five years ago the name Mzuzu was associated only with a stream that ran through the rural countryside of the northern region of Malawi. Today it refers to the capital city of the northern region. A settlement standing by the junction of the lakeshore road (M5) and Malawi’s main north-south highway (M1), Mzuzu…

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A LIFE SAVING TOOTHBRUSH

Beautiful Smile with toothpaste in the foreground

Sitting in the home of the hospital administrator we listened as she described the problems she faced at this small rural hospital. We had only been in Malawi for two years and were still learning. Much of what we were learning was new, and a lot of it was almost impossible to believe. “It is…

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MALAWI’S OLD CAPITAL – ZOMBA

Homes in the Zomba community

Until 1975 the southern city of Zomba was the capital of the nation. Although the capital was moved north to Lilongwe after the departure of the British Zomba still remained the home of the Parliament until 1994 when the government officials finally made the move complete to Lilongwe in the central region. Zomba is 40…

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