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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: The Malawi Project provides the resources to assist one the poorest nations on earth to get on its feet, manage its own programs, and chart its own future.

Results: Since its inception in 1999 the Malawi Project and its supporters have spawned (1) a five building, 110-bed medical complex, (2) a children village of 26 buildings housing 160 children, (3) a food processing plant that is feeding 60,000 a day, (4) an agricultural village where 50 farm families a year are training in modern farming technology, (5) a new, exciting, farm tractor designed for third world countries with seven units being sent to Malawi, (6) delivery and distribution of over 3,000 wheelchairs, (7) deliver of nearly 90,000 new pairs of shoes in a Shoes for Trees program that has resulted in planting thousands of tree seedlings, (8) establishment and support of three Malawi community support groups, assisting the people in medicine, and self sustaining programs, (9) assistance in the construction of a community library near Lake Malawi, then supplying the library with 2,000 books, (10) procurement and suppling over 700 Malawi medical facilities with over $200 million in medical aid, (10) distribution of nearly a half million pieces of Christian literature, (11) distribution of over 33,000 school text books to over 1,000 schools, (12) major support for the Namikango Maternity Clinic in southern Malawi, and (13) major support for community development groups, schools and the Malawi prison system.

Target demographics: the people of Malawi to get on their feet and provide for their own future.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 700 local organizatons.

Geographic areas served: Malawi, Central Africa

Programs: Agriculture, Education, Medical, Conservation, Forestry, Leadership Training, and Wheelchair Distribution.

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Daniel B.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

For years I have had a desire to get involved in a mission project but the timing and opportunity never seemed to match up. A couple of years ago I met Dick and Suzi and joined the Malawi Project. I am beginning to see first hand what difference can be made by a few dedicated individuals that love and care for others. I have been amazed at the generosity of the American people and the work ethic and dedication of the people of Malawi. It is a humbling experience to see lives changed and made better through the efforts of the Malawi Project.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member of the Malawi Project. The Project is unique in that it makes an earnest attempt to decolonize the country. So many non-profits have an earnest desire to help developing countries, but they continue the cycle of colonization by requiring control of the aid they provide. The Malawi Project is trying to break the colonization cycle by placing control of the aid they send to Malawi into the hands of Malawians. We have been involved with building hospitals, libraries, grain storage bins, medical clinics, and food processing plants, but we have no control over any of these facilities. they are all controlled by the Malawians! It is such a thrill to work with the Malawians, to see them work to change their own destiny knowing that they can influence and control their own future. Anyone wanting to make a sustainable difference in s Africa needs to investigate and engage with the Malawi Project. We focus our efforts on medical, educational, agricultural and community development aid.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Malawi Project for more then a decade. Their commitment to making the people of Malawi of first importance has motivated me to get more deeply involved over the years. They are not partial in their aid, they provide for those in need regardless of who they are, their affiliations, or their religious beliefs. The Malawi Project is also committed to getting the Malawians to take responsibility for their own future. This is done by handing programs started by the Malawi Project over to the Malawian people. They have done this with a hospital, schools, agricultural programs - shared village tractors, aid distribution, food processing plant, etc. Thank you Malawi Project for all you have done.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with the Malawi Project has moved from donor to volunteer to board member. The further that my wife and I have travelled down the path of this unique organization, the more involved we have become. It was truly a blessing to travel throughout Malawi last year to personally witness the numerous projects that have, and are, changing the lives as well as the hopes and dreams of the Malawians. The Malawi Project recently accomplished one of its longest standing goals - moving our decision making process directly to the Malawians. The Malawians have established their own non-profit called Action for Progress which has been officially recognized by their government. We will continue to request financial and material donations, but more and more the desired funding and material support will be at the request of their Action for Progress board priorities. The Malawi Project is determined to assist Malawi in the ways that they determine assistance is needed. We at the Malawi Project strive to NOT have them become dependent on Western assistance or to change or adapt their culture to ours. We just view them as brothers and sisters that need a hand along the way...and that's what families do for each other.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I returned from two weeks in Malawi on 10/1/18. Our group of eight travelled 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 life. To see first hand the need of the nation while at the same time witnessing first hand the success of so many projects from educational to medical to agricultural, was at times overwhelming. The things I found so gripping in America tumbled away day by day when I saw the great need in Malawi. However, it was, and remains, so inspiring and uplifting to have seen the numerous individuals and other non-profits that have blessed these humble people by allowing the Malawi Project to guide their donations, (physical and monetary), to the right places. Returning home has been emotional. I’m viewing the world as a brighter, more hopeful place. There is so much more good than bad, more love than hate, and certainly more hope than despair. It’s hard not to smile remembering the amazing singing of celebration in one of the villages as they officially opened their first grain storage building. The Malawi Project, meaning -the donors- provided a very small amount of money for the concrete floor and the roof, but the structure was constructed by the local villagers including making the bricks. They have already designed the method to store excess grain and an accounting method that will feed not only the family members of those that stored the grain, but those that physically cannot care for themselves when the next famine occurs. I wish you all could see their faces with what THEY have accomplished with your help - and the singing - oh the singing....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The country of Malawi has been independent since1964. Since then poverty has been a major problem plaguing the country. Unfortunately it grows worse every day and many organisations has been established in Malawi but they haven't completely alleviated any poverty.
Since Malawi Project started in Malawi it has reached many areas and have helped a lot of vulnerable people by providing them with necessities which is severely needed and has alleviated much of the problems, especially poverty that are plaguing Malawi. Necessities in Farming,  Education, Health and even provide bicycles to crippled people who have never left the ground since their birth is a blessing.
Concerning the poverty situation, Action For Malawi has constructed and build a huge warehouse which will hold and keep medicine and health items, school supplies and equipment and assorted food from all well wishers. Their instrumental in teaching leadership, agriculture, education, health and so much more. I am extremely proud of the work that is being done here in Malawi on behalf of Action for progress project. The warehouse is a great asset to Malawians because it assures the poor and needy that they will be able to actually receive their donation and because of the new warehouse, distribution will be much easier. Under the management of Malawi Project team people will definitely be assisted easily and faster. The warehouse is located in capital city Lilongwe, close to the airport. Right now Action For Progress is ready to receive all donations from well wishers from all over the world and those received donations will be assured safety and is protected before distributed to the needy. I highly recommend Action For Progress, under the Malawi project to anyone who has it in their heart to help and assist the poor and the needy. Thank you and God Bless. Steven Vinson

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity makes a huge difference! When citizens of Malawi wait at the airport by the hundreds /thousands for leaders of this project to arrive in Malawi, you know the Malawi Project is highly respected and making a difference. When Malawians say that no other group on the planet (besides one other country) has helped Malawi like The Malawi Project, it's time to take notice. So, we did!

Our church building is 2 blocks from Mayo Clinic, where people come from all over the world to find answers to health challenges. We are blessed to be able to do our small part to help! We have also chosen to help one of the poorest countries in the world - Malawi. Our children have adopted Malawi as their mission project. So, they donate part of their allowances each Sunday to the Malawi Project, Inc. We then go shopping together to make purchases for Malawi. We've collected clothing, school supplies, work gloves, tools, and made handmade quilts. We are committed to growing in our support for these beautiful people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the Malawi Project and the selfless way they tirelessly work for the poorest nation on this planet. Even though our church family is involved in a big ministry down the street from Mayo Clinic, we are committed to continuing our connection with this amazing non-profit! Recently, we had a “May for Malawi” Drive that we’ve extended into “More for Malawi”. The pictures show some of the handmade quilts and items we have and are gathering. We are also pushing for hand tools to be donated, like: hammers, screw drivers, and saws. It is thrilling to be involved in helping to change lives for the better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5


"Malawi Project  is probably the only organisation that focuses on the needs of a person by transforming such a person from dependency to independence. Malawi Project does not stop at that point but continues to transform that person to be a tool in transforming other people. In other words, Malawi Project is the only organisation in Malawi that empowers the locals and make the ready for their future. "

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dick and Suzi Stephens are friends of ours. They told me the story years ago of while sitting in a church presentation on the people of Malawi how their hearts burned when they heard the plight of the Malawi people. Dick said that was the day they decided something must be done to help alleviate the suffering so many children had undergone when losing parents to Aids and famine. For more than 20 years now, Dick and Suzi and the Malawi Project Team have been blessed to send over $250 million in used medical equipment, village tractors, irrigation kits, mobility units for those who can't walk, medicine, band-aids, text books and other countless items to those most in need. Their leadership, dedication and love for their neighbors in Malawi have inspired countless others like me to give of our time and resources to help where we can. The Malawi Project is so unique in that they work hand in hand with Malawi leaders and support the people there in the country to run their own programs the way they believe works best. Arm-in-arm cooperation with the dignified people of Malawi has proven to be the right approach over time. Dick and Suzi Stephens and the Malawi Project have shown me how real outreach can thrive when the dignity of the people served is paramount. May God bless the Malawi Project!

Donor

Rating: 5

Malawi Project has been a blessing from God to the people of Malawi for many years providing: housing and food for the orphans, medical supplies to hospitals, special wheel chairs for the handicapped, and modified farm equipment for the farmers. In addition, 2019 is very special. The Distribution Center is being completed that will help the farmers store their crops. This will reduce crop losses as well as help minimize the impact of droughts and floods. Also, 2019 is the year that Malawi Project partners with a not-for- profit called Action for Progress that is run by Malawians. This is an important transition that enables Malawians to help each other.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Malawi Project works hard and effectively to meet the needs of the people. Medical supplies are always needed at the various hospitals and clinics. My wife and I happened to be at Blessings Hospital in Lilongwe on a day when one of the containers was delivered. In addition to a variety of hospital equipment, there were wheel chairs for the needy. The farm equipment and hand tools that they also provide help the families be more self-sufficient. Jim and Virginia McPeak

Donor

Rating: 5

I have loved supporting this project because of the continuous dedication and positive attitude of the volunteers!
They are determined to make an impact in this part of the world and share in the communion of Christian spirit! Inspiring!

Carolina Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago my then 7 year old daughter heard about the pill bottle project that the Malawi project had put together. We did some research, and were astonished at the need for something we literally toss away by the 1000's yearly here in the states. We got in touch with the gentleman in charge, and he gave my daughter the opportunity to lead a collection at her school. She was able to collect over a 1,000 pill bottles and $100's of dollars worth of first aid supplies as well. This nonprofit organization is changing lives, and saving lives. I am proud to say that the Malawi Project opened up a part of my daughter's heart that still to this day she works on. The Malawi Project sets the tone for how the rest of us humans on this earth should treat our fellow humans - with compassion, and selflessness.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Malawi Project is exceptional because of the way it is structured to help the Malawi people be independent and encourages local leadership to own the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organisation in Malawi. It helps the needy stand on their feet. If you have a little something don't hesitate to donate towards this good cause.
Helping Malawi in spiritual growth, medicine, agriculture, and many more. Let's donate to strengthen it.

Alexis I Skriloff J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have not had a lot of experience with this project on location, mostly what I have read, and learned from others. I do support its projects and have learned that their ratings in actualizing their thoughts adn ideas is high. The impact of what they do is long reaching. Giving to them to further the endeavors that they espouse is worthwhile. I particulary was entranched with the providing and utilizing of used amber prescription bottles. This saved money and the meds that filled were donated from pharmaceutical companies that manufactured said drug. All and all, this is a worthwhile organize to lookinto and give, participate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have learnt about the Malawi Project from 2002. I have volunteered with Malawi project in Malawi and have witnessed their efforts making a very big impact in (1) Health, (2) Agriculture and Food Security (3) Education and General Humanitarian Assistance.

What has touched me more is the approach employed by the Malawi Project where it involves the locals in development work. That's empowering them. No dependence!

For example, The Malawi Project has worked jointly with locals in construction of Grain Storage buildings. Local people contributed labor, materials and the Malawi Project contributed resources to ensure people have better food storage facilities that can aid food security at community level. That will have big impact to thousands of poor families and cut the famine cycle that is contributed by lack of storage facilities that cause deterioration.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Malawi Project first caught my eye somewhere on the internet as they were collecting empty medicine bottles. As it was so easy to give, people I know rounded up many and sent them to Indianapolis! I soon saw the reports and photos of Malawians with the bottles in their hands. I got the bug! What else can I send to human beings that I have too much of?! I saw the call for hand tools and I did a collection. This time, my husband and I drove to Indianapolis and met Dick and Suzi. Well. They are what I would call the real deal. They are Christians who don't shy away from any discomfort in order to do what they can as humanitarians in Malawi. They are humble people who I trust. I want to support them in prayer and in gathering goods for Malawi as long as the Lord sees fit.

Orchik7

Donor

Rating: 5

I traveled with the Malawi Project
Board for 2 weeks in Malawi this fall and I was overwhelmed at their
outreach and the influence they have made on this country. They have put their funds to use in so many areas including medical supplies, educational materials, books, agricultural aid in the form of v tractors and drip irrigation, famine relief and so much more. And best of all, they are working with Malawians who are leading the process. I was deeply touched by the people in Malawi and their gratitude for even the slightest kindness. This country has so many needs but in spite of that it was an unbelievable experience to see the love and warmth of the people there. I cannot say enough good things about the difference the Malawi Project has made and will continue to make for so many!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Malawi Project is a great non-profit contributing to so many people in need in Malawi! They have sent medical supplies, wheel chairs, food in great quantities to a starving country, and more! I highly recommend this group as they have a heart for the needy!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with and supported the Malawi Project for more than 20 years and have seen first hand the great job the organization has don year after year.

John Clark

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Malawi project for several years and know the founders and THIS non-profit truly works for the beneficiaries with the donations and funds truly going to help the ones that need help. The goal is to help the Malawian people help themselves as opposed to giving them things. The projects carried out are run by and maintained by the Malawian people and not the directors of the Malawi project. And it does far exceed expectations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Malawi Project has done immeasurable good in one of, if not the poorest country on Earth. The greatest thing about this nonprofit is the fact that it aims at helping the people by helping them become self sufficient as opposed to just sending money or goods. For example, the hospital was built and turned over to Malawians to operate themselves as opposed to a nonprofit running it themselves. Dick and Suzi Stephens have involved so many others in the advancement of the nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Malawi Project Inc does much good for the people of Malawi. The main focus is providing the people the tools to help themselves. A very worthwhile organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with Dick Stephens and the folks at the Malawi Project since May of this year. When I began working for Cornerstone Advertising, I was introduced to them through our company's founder and principal. Our Creative Services team has had the honor of assisting them with their marketing and communications, and it has been wonderful to learn more about this amazing nonprofit. I could sit and listen to Dick tell stories about the people of Malawi and their gorgeous country for hours. Dick and Suzi, their board, and so many others give tirelessly of their time, talent, and treasure. It is not just a charitable cause for these people. Malawi is their heart, and it comes through in everything they do. If you have the chance to get to meet the Stephens and understand the Malawi Project's programs, you'll know what I mean. I highly encourage you to get involved!

Julie Scholl
Creative Services Director
Cornerstone Advertising