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May I Borrow Your Lane?

Traveling Near Dedza on M-1 in Malawi… We are traveling south of Lilongwe and as usual, it is alarming for Americans to see what looks like someone driving on the “wrong side of the road.” This is not the case. In Malawi, they drive on the left side, while in the U.S. we drive on…

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BLANTYRE

The city of Blantyre is located in the Blantyre District in the Southern part of Malawi. Before Malawi became a nation, Blantyre was already there. The community was founded in 1876 through the efforts of Scottish missionaries. It derived its name from the hometown of David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary, who was born in…

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SOME FACTS ABOUT PEOPLE

Population Growth Chart

In 1955 the U.S. population had reached 165.9 million people. Today is tops out at 327.2 million, approximately double what it was in 1955. By comparison, the Malawi population in 1955 was 3,252,000. Today it is at 19,718,000. That is six times the number living in the same space as 1955. The average age in…

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DEDZA DISTRICT

Dedza District

The Dedza District of Malawi straddles Highway M-1 and is situated directly south of the Lilongwe District. It hovers along the Zambian border to its west and contains Dedza Mountain near its center. The mountain rises 2,198 meters or 7,200 feet above the valley floor. Walking to the top requires an estimated 2 hours. The…

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LILONGWE DISTRICT

Lilongwe District

The Lilongwe District of Malawi is located in the central region of the country on the Lilongwe River, 58 kilometers (36 miles) east of the Zambia border. It is host to the nation’s capital city of Lilongwe with a population of 1,227,100, while the district records 1,346,360. There is the only city in Malawi with…

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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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MEDICINAL PLANTS SOURCE OF HOPE

When Drugs Are in Short Supply By Wilson Tembo Lilongwe, Malawi … Plants have been used throughout history as a source of medicine. People have depended on natural medicine from plants to heal ill health worldwide. In African 70 – 80% of the population uses traditional medicines from plants for their daily health care. Out…

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MEET THE MEDICAL DIRECTORS

A major focus of the Malawi Project and its sister organization, Action for Progress, is the distribution of medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment to a large number of the over 600 Malawi government medical facilities scattered throughout the nation. Procuring, sorting, distributing these supplies, and following up on their value falls to two medical…

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