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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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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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FIRST GOAL MET – NEXT IN SIGHT

For the past several months the goal of the Malawi Project has been to assist Action for Progress, our Malawi counterpart organization, to complete registration, land purchase and the construction of a new distribution hub. Thanks to you this goal has been met. During that same period of time two 40-foot shipping containers have arrived…

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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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SMALL BOY WATCHES THE FUTURE

Lilongwe, Malawi … A small boy from a neighboring village watches the construction progress on the distribution hub west of Lilongwe. One can only imagine what he will observe in years to come as this main distribution site gets into full operation helping the people of Malawi.   Once the foundation was complete, the upright…

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MODERN VERSIONS OF DICK AND JANE

Books Choose Malawi Over the Recycling Bins Thorntown, Indiana … From the 1930s to the 1960s Dick and Jane were the main fictitious characters used in basic readers to teach children to read in the United States. The names Dick and Jane grew to represent learning in the classroom. While not featured in a series…

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MALAWI’S EDUCATION SYSTEM

I thought I knew! Before making my first trip to Malawi I knew many of the following facts:   The student-teacher ratio is nearly 70 to 1 Many children walk long distances to attend school Vast numbers of students have no books, pens, pencils or paper Numerous children are taught on dirt floors while the…

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RACE TO THE FINISH

Indianapolis, Indiana … With the last day of June safely in the rear-view mirror, the construction of the Distribution Center in Malawi moves into its final month. With it looms the final two payments for the construction. By the end of July, the building is projected to be completed, and the final contract payments will…

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CALLUSED HANDS AND BLISTERED KNEES

Lilongwe, Malawi … The story appeared on the Malawi Project website in March after Wilson Tembo was driving in intense traffic in the capital city of Lilongwe and saw Madalitso Banda crawling through near impossible traffic congestion. Referred to as, “Crawling Near Death’s Door”( https://www.malawiproject.org/crawling-near-deaths-door/) the story of Madalitso is all too common in a…

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