Medical

THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND PAIRS!

Indianapolis, Indiana … Now that is a lot of gloves! Literally, thousands and thousands of medical personnel, first responders, and others in Malawi that need protection from the spread of disease will be helped by contributors who have contributed over 300,000 pairs of gloves.   How does one express appreciation when the deed is so…

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CRAWLING NEAR DEATH’S DOOR

With Wilson Tembo’s return to the capital to head up Action for Progress, it was quite evident how much Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe had changed in the eight years he had been in the southern region. While Wilson is originally from a village north of the city, he had been working in and around…

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NO LONGER “GLUED TO HIS VILLAGE”

Charles Mpunzeni

“Glued to his village,” was the way Wilson Tembo, Executive Director of Action for Progress described Charles Mpunzeni from Chitera Village in October 2017 (See his story https://www.malawiproject.org/glued-to-the-village/ ). Charles had been unable to walk since birth. In spite of his disability he had been able to grow to adulthood, marry, and father four children.…

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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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LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEOPLE

Doctor drawing blood from a patient

Salima, Malawi …There is little difference between people of different races, except the pigment of their skin. All humanity comes from a single background. Medical science has established the only difference is approximately 0.1%. However, because the skin is what is visible the difference seems more pronounced. That similarity is evident when a blood transfusion…

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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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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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HAND TOOLS TO MALAWI

Holding Package

Senga Bay, Malawi … His story has inspired companies, not-for-profits, churches, and individuals across the U.S. to gather those extra, often unused, hand tools, box them, and send them for distribution in Malawi. His name is Wadson Sumani, and he and his wife, Judith retired from teaching in the government system, and then they took…

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NEW DRESSES BRING LITTLE GIRL SMILES

Dresses

Msamba Community Organization Kasenda Village, Zomba, Malawi … In a small, remote village in the heart of the sub-Sahara lives a family in a tiny grass thatched house made of mud. A few meters from this village is an old dilapidated building that houses a small Community Based Organization. The organization’s main objective is to…

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BACK TO SCHOOL – STOCK UP TODAY

Back to school supplies

Indianapolis, Indiana … It is back to school time in the U.S., and the stores are crammed with back to school supplies; binders, pencils, pens and paper, notebooks, rulers, and on and on. Bins and bins full of supplies. Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, Target, CVS, Walgreens; there is no shortage of locations offering deep discounts…

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