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STARRY EYED DREAMERS

Gutwein brothers, Cary, Brad and Dan.

Their web site refers to the three brothers, Brad, Cary and Dan Gutwein, as “Starry-Eyed Dreamers Who Are Passionate About Perfect Coffee” (https://www.coppermooncoffee.com/pages/our-journey ). While their dream of creating perfect coffee, through their family roastery in Lafayette, Indiana, the brothers from Copper Moon Coffee and their father, Elden, (who shares a similar passion), have been…

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GOOD COMES OUT OF THE BAD

A quote from Suzi Stephens

Indianapolis, Indiana … “Cold-chills rushes over me as his name is read aloud,” Suzi remembers. The time was 2002 and Malawi was experiencing the worst famine in 50 years. “That cold feeling was not there because of the cold morning air. In fact, it had nothing to do with the weather. It had everything to…

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INDIANAPOLIS COMPANY TURNS ON THE LIGHTS

Supplies on a flat

Indianapolis, Indiana … The web site notes that IKIO Lighting is a US-based manufacturer of LED Lighting Solutions for Commercial, Industrial, Horticulture, Multi-family residential/Hospitality and Hazardous Location applications, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, China and UAE. For the Malawi Project the name IKIO signals a benevolent contributor offering to turn on,…

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RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY!

Men carrying boxes into warehouse

Lilongwe, Malawi … “Don’t get me wrong,” notes Richard Stephens of the Malawi Project, “the rains are needed, and are in fact critical to the survival of the crops in Malawi. But, at times they can be quite inconvenient!”  It is January in central Africa, and daily, torrential rains are not unusual, from the first…

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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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MINUS THE FIRE TRUCK

Dick Stephens in a warehouse

Lebanon, Indiana … The beginning of 2020 saw members of the Malawi Project stepping off into another year of activity, on faith. Anticipating funds will be available by the end of January for a major shipment of school textbooks, medical supplies, and library books, to Malawi, sorting, and staging has begun in a warehouse in…

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May I Borrow Your Lane?

Traveling Near Dedza on M-1 in Malawi… We are traveling south of Lilongwe and as usual, it is alarming for Americans to see what looks like someone driving on the “wrong side of the road.” This is not the case. In Malawi, they drive on the left side, while in the U.S. we drive on…

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LOVE CAN BE PAINFUL

Salima, Malawi… With a name like “love”, how can anything go wrong? But for 14-year-old Chikondi Samson (his name means “love”), who lives in Kamwaha Village near Salima, Malawi it seems almost everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. Born in one of the poorest nations on earth it was soon discovered young Chikondi…

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BLANTYRE

The city of Blantyre is located in the Blantyre District in the Southern part of Malawi. Before Malawi became a nation, Blantyre was already there. The community was founded in 1876 through the efforts of Scottish missionaries. It derived its name from the hometown of David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary, who was born in…

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SOME DAYS YOU IMPROVISE!

Lilongwe, Malawi … With the recent construction of the new distribution hub underway two 40-foot shipping containers, one with food destined for starving communities, and the other with hand-peddled mobility units, hand tools, and other supplies arrived at the Lilongwe site and were positioned near the new building. The contents of the two containers were…

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