Project Reaches Building Fund Goal

Indianapolis, Indiana … This time a year ago the search for suitable land was in full swing, bids were being prepared for the new distribution hub, and Action for Progress was planning size-able future growth.

In order to help Action for Progress reach its optimistic objectives, the Malawi Project would need to raise funds for the purchase of land and cover the cost of the building. This would require a major increase in contributions. In fact, Malawi Project supporters would need to increase contributions as much as 300 percent over the previous year. The Malawi Project Board of Directors firmly believed in what Action for Progress was proposing; that is, a facility near the capital capable of sorting, staging, and distributing a major increase in medical, agricultural, and educational supplies. In addition to new facilities, Action for Progress and Wilson Tembo, executive director, were anxious to accept more responsibility for oversight and management of aid distribution in their own country.

According to Wilson Tembo, executive director for Action for Progress, who had worked with the Malawi Project since 2002, “It is time to give our people more of the responsibility for the future of Malawi. We cannot continue to expect the rest of the world to solve our problems. We must step up and take action. We may need assistance for a number of years into the future, but it is important that we step up and handle more and more of the heavy lifting when aid reaches our borders. Our vision is to have progressive communities who are self–sustaining as well as free from any social, spiritual, economic, environmental and any form of deprivation in Malawi and beyond. Our goals should be to create more sustainable programs, and the Malawi Project is helping us make this happen with this new distribution hub. As we set the foundation with a focus for the future, we are motivated by our core values of Integrity, Service, Love, Honesty, and Caring.”

With a goal of a 300 percent increase in the budget, the board of directors for the Malawi Project stepped into what some might have believed was an impossible task. However, a number of aid organizations, businesses, civic groups, churches, and individuals saw the importance of this distribution hub, and the way it would empower Malawians to carry out a greater degree of oversight of the programs. Less than 12 months from the day that the land was purchased and bids submitted for the distribution hub, construction of the new building is nearly complete and enough funds have been donated to pay for it. What an amazing achievement that was made possible by so many generous supporters!