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COMES THE DAWN (part 5)

Chester Kabinda-Mbewe and Bryon Bhagwandin at the ribbon cutting ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Lilongwe, Malawi … The television people moved into position as the crowd moved closer to the loading dock door. Red and blue ribbons were strung five feet above the concrete floor extending from door frame to door frame. The camera started rolling as Chester Kabinda-Mbewe, in his white Action for Progress shirt, and…

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COMES THE DAWN (part4)

Mobility Units

“I Can Move About Again” Lilongwe, Malawi … As the gathered crowd gathered to witness the ribbon-cutting, two forty-foot containers sat quietly, nearly hidden from sight, on the opposite side of the giant warehouse. One of these was TC, the overseas container that recently made the harrowing trip from the U.S. to Malawi to make…

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COMES THE DAWN (part 3)

Suzi Stephens standing with Madalitso Mwandoloma, Medical Director for Action for Progress

Seeing with Medical Eyes Lilongwe, Malawi … After the first speeches were given under the big tent the ceremony broke for a few minutes while everyone prepared for the ribbon-cutting ceremony near the wide overhead door. As many of the guests milled about and visited, Suzi Stephens, Medical Director for the Malawi Project gravitated to…

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COMES THE DAWN (part 2)

Inside view of the new distribution hub

Massive Size Unexpected Lilongwe, Malawi … Walking inside this cavernous structure everyone is immediately impressed with width, height, and length of space of the new Action for Progress distribution hub. During the ceremony, later in the morning Mr. Symon Sauzande, the representative from CONGOMA, the government agency commissioned to coordinate with NGO’s in Malawi stated,…

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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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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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