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SPECIAL CELEBRATION FOR A SPECIAL BUILDING

The day of the chicken

Lilongwe, Malawi … “It is a very special building, and the workers who built it need special recognition,” Suzi said shortly after its completion. “Let’s plan a special celebration and give everyone a chicken as a reward for their work.” Suzi’s husband and co-founder of the Malawi Project, Dick Stephens observes, “This is not out…

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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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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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NOT A BUILDING, A PLAN, OR A PROGRAM – A WIDOW

A Job for Koleta Lilongwe, Malawi … Since 1999 the Malawi Project has focused its work in central Africa on a theme that, “It is not about the Plan, the Program, or the Project. It is about the people.”   With this in mind, the administration of the Project attempts to keep the people of…

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RACE IS NECK AND NECK TO THE FINISH

Who Will be First at the Finish Line? Lilongwe, Malawi and Indianapolis, Indiana … If one did not know better, it could be concluded the contractor and the fundraisers are in a race to see who reaches the finish line first. The problem is if the fundraisers reach the needed funds first, there is no…

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CONTRIBUTE FOR A CEMENT BLOCK

Lilongwe, Malawi … The foundation has been formed, the upright pillars put in place, and the steel crossbeams have been welded together. The structure looks bigger and bigger as it begins to take shape with its vast footprint securely planted in Malawi soil. Action for Progress will soon be ready to begin processing shipment after…

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