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PROBLEMS WITH DIFFICULT SOLUTIONS

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Roadblocks to Progress Lilongwe, Malawi … Many well-intentioned people see the extreme poverty in emerging nations and believe a simple solution exists. All it takes, they conclude, is sufficient funding. This nagging problem will dissolve if enough money is raised. After all, that has been the answer to many problems in the west! But, in…

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A NATION WALKING … AT LEAST FOR SOME!

People walking

Mbeya Village, Malawi … “I remember when we first arrived in Malawi two things that were most amazing to me,” observes Richard Stephens, a co-founder of the Malawi Project.  “One was the bamboo huts that constituted the homes of most of the village population, and second was the number of people walking. I later learned the average…

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RAIN, AS USUAL, BUT A WONDERFUL CHALLENGE

A 100 dollar bill

Lilongwe, Malawi — “A MORNING SHOWER”, “THUNDERSTORMS”, “MORNING RAINS”, “SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON”, “POSSIBLE STORMS”, “CLOUDY”, “RAIN”, … It’s that time of year in Malawi with rain predicted almost daily. Even I could be a reliable weather forecaster! For the next 5 months travel away from the main paved roads can be hazardous and should…

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LIFE IS FULL OF MYSTERIES

John Phiri

John Phiri is Back on His Feet Mzimba, Malawi … John Phiri lives in the nearby village of Malidade under the leadership of Tribal Leader Mpherembe. John is certainly one of the happiest and luckiest people you will meet. He has received a new mobility unit from Action for Progress. Life is full of mysteries,…

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WHEN ALL THAT CAN BE DONE IS NOT ENOUGH!

Easther Masati

The Plight of Esther Masayiti How would you describe your feelings when everything that you can do to overcome an obstacle is still not enough? Depression, despondency, despair? Perhaps all three? That has been the question and plight of Esther Masayiti from Mitundu, a village just a short distance from Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe.…

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HE WILL RESTORE YOU

Doreen Emmanuel

He Will Restore You “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 “Here is someone who has virtually nothing in the way of physical possessions, having been forced to rely on…

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DISABILITY VS. POVERTY

Dorris Masango

Lilongwe, Malawi … There is often a direct link between disability and poverty. Disability many increase the risk of poverty, and poverty may increase the risk of disability. Unfortunately, these links of poverty and disability affect even our youngest as evidenced in the following research: Children with disabilities are less likely to attend class, thus…

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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

MALAWI POPULATION CHART

Malawi, Central Africa … To look at the growth chart for the nation of Malawi is similar to looking at a professional boxer on steroids. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger at breakneck speed! Here is what it looks like: Year Population 1965 4,058,673 1970 4,603,723 1975 5,292,808 1980 6,163,080 1985 7,211,105 1990 9,437.553…

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TURNING OVER CEREMONY

Preparations for medical supply "Turning Over Ceremony" at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi

Blantyre, Malawi … It is a ceremony repeated over and over again. Each time medical, educational, or agricultural supplies arrive at a new location in Malawi, an event known as “the turning over ceremony,” takes place. Richard Stephens, of the Malawi Project recalls, “I thought at first this was sort of strange. We always had such…

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LENIYA HAS NEVER STOPPED

Leniya on her mobility unit holding a bible

Chalasikaopa Village, Malawi … Even though she was born with deformed legs, and has never walked, there are other things that include the word “never”. She has never been to school. She has never married. She has never stopped attending church services, she has never stopped running a small business, and she has never given up hope. Here name is Leniya Hebert, and she lives in…

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