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MOBILITY AT ATTENTION

Mobility units in a warehouse ready for distribution

Lilongwe, Malawi … It is mid-morning, and the African sun is staring down through the high windows, and across the floor on the east side of the building. Their penetrating light is scattered across a number of mobility units sitting in parade fashion across the southern end of the giant structure. They are quietly waiting…

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FOUND IN THE MAIZE FIELD

Watson Mchiena in his maize field

Ntchisi, Malawi … “Recently I visited him. He was busy in the maize field, harvesting his maize (corn) for his family.” Wilson Tembo is referring to Mr. Watson Mchiena, a physically challenged father of seven and grandfather of two. Watson has suffered a physical problem with his right lower leg his whole life, and as…

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TWENTY-SIX YEARS & COUNTING

Ireen in her mobility unit

Blantyre, Malawi … Ireen had been working as a nurse in the health care field for twenty-six years when suddenly in 2016 it all ended. She was struck with a devastating stroke, and found herself no longer able to provide for herself, or carry out a second business she needed for income. Not only was…

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WILL I BE A SCHOOL TEACHER?

Jotamu Peter

Mzugulira Village, Salima, Malawi … Jotamu Peter is 15 years old, but already knows what he wants to do when he gets out of school. He wants to be a schoolteacher. When Griven Kasalika met this young man, he was able to encourage him, even though he knew Jotamu was facing an uphill battle because…

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HOUSEBOUND FOR 11-YEARS

Gerald Mbaisa

All over the world families are facing temporary disruptions because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Children are out of school, yet they cannot go to the playground with their friends. They are free from educational responsibilities but cannot visit in the homes of their neighbors. They have all this free time but can’t go to church services,…

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CRAWLING IN THE SAND

Florence Sinthani

Salima, Malawi … Sitting under a nearby tree, she watched intently as Tembo and Kasalika unloaded a number of hand-peddled mobility units. Florence Sinthani is a 15-years-old girl from a village in Malawi. What are they doing? Who are they here to see? Visitors to this part of Africa are surprised to discover some of…

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CHIPILIRO’S DREAM COMES TRUE

Chipiliro and Griven

Salima, Malawi … It is not often an orphan boy from an impoverished African nation can grow up and fulfill the dreams of others, but that is happening in the tiny nation of Malawi. Griven Kasalika, grandson of a well-known, now deceased, Malawi preacher, orphaned by the death of both of his parents at an…

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GIVEN REASON TO SMILE

Given a Reason to Smile

Mthekeso Village, Malawi … Cars rush along the tarmac road, filled with laughing tourists, excited they will soon experience sandy beaches while watching the sunset on sparkling waters. But for Chisomo there are no sparkling waves or sandy beaches. Neighbors sing hymns and praise God at Sunday services while enjoying friends and neighbors. But for…

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MOBILITY TO A MIRACLE

Mobility to a Miracle

Makwezi / T.A. Khombedza, Salima, Malawi … The odds are so against you, there is little chance your life will ever change. You are just a child, a small girl from a poor village family. Few visitors come to your village. In fact, few come even to this part of Malawi. Most are on the…

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HIS SMILE NEVER DISAPPEARED

Mzugulira village, Tribal Authority Khombedza, Salima District … The team from Action for Progress arrived at his village, and his mother brought him out on her back. Seven-year-old Smith Kenamau saw the men assembling one of the green and yellow hand-peddled child mobility units, and his eyes never left what they were doing. One could…

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