Be The Change

BOONE COUNTY SCHOOLS BOOK DONATION

Volunteers loading books for Boone County's Central Elementary book donation

Lebanon, Indiana … The school year was barely underway when Jim Messenger, a board member for the Malawi Project, discussed the need in Malawi for textbooks and school supplies with his son-in-law, Lowell Miller, a teacher in the Lebanon, Indiana School System. Jim highlighted how schools in Malawi had few books, and often an entire…

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FROM SEED TO MARKET

A meeting where Bob Bob Gabrielse explains the tires used in the mobility units his company produces

Lilongwe, Malawi … As the Malawi Project assists agricultural co-ops, churches and village communities, each step toward independence is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. To plant ideas, wait for them to take root, then take the next step takes time. This is especially evident in the area of agriculture, where old patterns die hard, and new…

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INTERVIEW ABOUT MALAWI

Stylized picture of Richard Stevens with a Malawian girl

Indianapolis, Indiana … Through both radio and a podcast production information was recently conveyed about Malawi, and the work of the Malawi Project. Thanks to Chuck Moeller, a co-worker for many years, as well as a strong advocate of the work being accomplished in Malawi, an introduction was made with Todd Huff of Todd Huff…

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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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SPECIAL BOOKS FOR SPECIAL STUDENTS

Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category

Kasungu, Malawi … Malawi’s first President established the Kamuzu Academy for students whose scholastic standing placed them in the gifted student category. President Banda recognized that Malawi would need business, government, and community leaders who could excel; thus, a school that could stand out in the crowd, and students who would lead the nation forward.…

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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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THE STARFISH STORY

A starfish on a beach

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast…

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MESSENGER’ MESSAGE ABOUT MALAWI

Jim and Ann Messenger in Lilongwe

My wife and I returned from two weeks in Malawi on 10/1/18. Our group of eight traveled throughout the country visiting various sites and projects undertaken by the Malawi Project. This was my second trip to Africa but just my first to Malawi. This was one of the most emotional series of events in my…

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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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