Mobility

TEACHER OFFERS HIGH RECOMMENDATION

Yohane John and Mobility It has been 20-years since the birth of Yohane John in Chabwera Village near Ntchisi, and nearly as long since both of his parents ran away from him because they could not care for a child that could not walk. From that day on Yohane has been raised by his grandmother,…

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MOBILITY GIVES TINSMITH FREEDOM

Fred is a Tinsmith Wikipedia defines the term tinsmith as, “a person who makes and repairs things made of tin or other light metals. By extension it can also refer to the person who deals in tin ware, or tin plate. Tinsmith was a common occupation in pre-industrial times.”   While the trade has mostly disappeared in western nations,…

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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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SHE IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

Macheka Village, Malawi … In a land where water never freezes, snow is seldom seen, and few will ever experience an ocean gale in icy weather, Wilson Tembo’s explanation of the plight of 19-year-old Patuma Mbwana, is an interesting way to define the situation. “She is the tip of the iceberg,” he says, and somehow,…

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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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FOCUS ON NORTHEAST COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Community

Nkhotakota, Malawi … Mdyankhanga Community Based Organization is located in the Northern part of the Nkhotakota lakeshore district of Malawi. Traditional Authority Kanyenda, is the tribal authority in the region. The CBO is an all-volunteer , community organization attempting to serve 13,540 people from 38 villages. Those in need include orphans, the elderly, the physically…

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MORE THAN HER WORDS CAN SAY

Maureen

“Her excitement said more words than her words could say,”reported Wilson Tembo during a recent distribution of 30 mobility units to physically handicapped people in Mchinji, Malawi. Mchinji in one of 28 Malawi political districts, and located near the Zambian border. Some estimates report there may be as high as 1,000 physically impaired in the…

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TWENTY MORE, BUT WHO IS COUNTING?

Mobility Units

In this case, numbers are important because they represent people being given hope and help against the de-habilitating results of mobility issues. Numbers represent people who are back in school, back on the job, back to their religious activities, and back in the mainstream of society. Every time you see a number, as in this…

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FOR AISHA IT IS BACK TO SCHOOL

Chitimbe Village, Malawi … It is mid-day and cold in Malawi as we enter a village previously unknown to us. It is cold Chitimbe, and as we enter we pass a number of schoolchildren walking along the dirt road. They wave, and we wave back. Obviously, we are strangers, and they observe us carefully. In…

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DENTED AMBITIONS BEAR NO FRUIT

According to Wilson Tembo, Malawi Project’s representative on the ground in Malawi, the problems of lack of mobility resources begin when the children are very young. “It is not unusual,” he reports, “for young people with mobility problems to see the road to an education closed before their eyes. Because of this they grow up…

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