Be The Change

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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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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HELPING GIRLS GAIN AN EDUCATION

A trip to Malawi always has me experiencing wonderfully intense and impactful situations that I never forget.  Often, I cannot pick one that stands out from the others on any particular trip. This past year was an exception. The most emotionally fulfilling experience for the year was a trip to a secondary school in the…

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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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THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT

It was a busy day, and we had a lot of things to get done. It is always that way in Malawi. No matter how long our schedule allows us to be in the country there is never enough time. Going here, going there. Meeting this group, meeting that group. Planning this, planning that.  …

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BUDGET TRIPLES FOR DEVELOPMENT

Indianapolis, Indiana … At a recent meeting of the Malawi Project’s Board of Directors, Suzi Stephens and Jim Messenger listen intently as a budget is proposed for 2019 that will be triple what the budget was for 2018. The reason is the development and construction of a major headquarters hub and distribution center in Lilongwe,…

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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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A GIRL YOU WILL NEVER MEET

You will never meet her. In fact, you will probably spend less than a minute viewing this picture of Valentine Waiti, a teenage girl from Malawi. You will never know her family, nor step inside the village in which she lives. You will never hear her voice, meet her siblings, or see her classmates in…

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