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Action for Progress Recognizes Students

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Sankhani Primary School, Malawi … The Sankhani School has 1,335 students and is located just east of the Action for Progress distribution center west of Lilongwe. Each day children see the trucks coming and going, delivering needed supplies free to hospitals, clinics, prisons, schools, churches, and community groups all over the nation. These are supplies…

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Worst Economic Crisis in 30 Years – Part 2

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Statistics Outline the Problem The World Bank estimates between 40 million and 60 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty (living on less than $1.90 a day) by the pandemic. This will be the first growth in extreme poverty since 1998, when the Asian financial crisis hit. It adds to the more than 600 million people…

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Worst Economic Crisis in 30 Years – Part 1

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Covid Cripples Malawi Economy Lilongwe, Malawi … “The COVID crisis is leading least developed countries to their worst economic crisis in 30 years, with per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for the group expected to fall by 2.6 per cent this year,” said Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General, during a virtual press conference. In a recent review of…

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Community Rallies in Support

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Lebanon, Indiana … The central Indiana community of Lebanon has been viewed as a sleepy bedroom community for the larger capital city to its south, Indianapolis. While Indianapolis had a metropolitan population of more than two million in 2020, Lebanon was home to just over 16,000. Although much smaller in number, Lebanon’s outpouring of support…

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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

MALAWI POPULATION CHART

Malawi, Central Africa … To look at the growth chart for the nation of Malawi is similar to looking at a professional boxer on steroids. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger at breakneck speed! Here is what it looks like: Year Population 1965 4,058,673 1970 4,603,723 1975 5,292,808 1980 6,163,080 1985 7,211,105 1990 9,437.553…

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CHALLENGE FACES NTCHISI SCHOOL

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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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MODERN VERSIONS OF DICK AND JANE

Books Choose Malawi Over the Recycling Bins Thorntown, Indiana … From the 1930s to the 1960s Dick and Jane were the main fictitious characters used in basic readers to teach children to read in the United States. The names Dick and Jane grew to represent learning in the classroom. While not featured in a series…

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MALAWI’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

I thought I knew! Before making my first trip to Malawi I knew many of the following facts:   The student-teacher ratio is nearly 70 to 1 Many children walk long distances to attend school Vast numbers of students have no books, pens, pencils or paper Numerous children are taught on dirt floors while the…

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RACE TO THE FINISH

Indianapolis, Indiana … With the last day of June safely in the rear-view mirror, the construction of the Distribution Center in Malawi moves into its final month. With it looms the final two payments for the construction. By the end of July, the building is projected to be completed, and the final contract payments will…

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A SINGLE CONNECTION MAKES THOUSANDS OF CONNECTIONS

A friend of mine recently lost her husband of many years. As a retired minister, Bill had a dream of a new vocation after stepping away from the pulpit. He was well on his way to realizing his dream when his earthly life came to a conclusion. Bill had always wanted to open a bookstore…

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