April 19, 2011
I founded this organization 7 years ago and this cause has become my passion, my drive, my life! We work incredibly hard collaboratively with the Malawians to come up with African solutions for the root causes of poverty. We want our work to be sustainable, and Malawian run and we are adapting constantly to the changes and needs to help solve problems in rural Malawi. We are working on prevention and reducing the factors that lead to extreme poverty. This focus has led us to develop programs in education (from early childhood to secondary school and college), health care (from transportation to the hospital to outreach and awareness about common illnesses), micro-finance (loans for cooperatives and women to allow families to have economic independence and earn an income), forest conservation (protection of one of the last remaining rainforests in sub-sahara Africa, and HIV/AIDS awareness. We all very much want to make a difference!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the Malawians I see that have benefitted from our support, our outreach, our school scholarships and health care. I see the results in the American students that have traveled to Malawi! They have gained a global perspective and become active citizens making a difference for others, whether locally or across the globe. I see the difference in the confidence in the women we reach out to, the smile in an HIV patient on medicine, a baby cured of malaria, a farmer earning an income from his own gardens!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Raise more money and get more donors involved beyond New England.
Board Member & I founded the organization in 2004 and developed a non profit in 2006.