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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

129 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Annie P.3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My story is about creating awareness on Primary Immunodeficiency (PID) in Malawi. There are more than 250 PID diseases at the moment. These diseases often started with a severe infection that is recurring, persistent and untreatable. If antibiotics does not work for these infections, the patient might have a PID and Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) is one of the diseases as well as( SCID) Severe combined Immune deficiency. We know that there are patients that has not been diagnosed, and if they are diagnosed, have not established a support group to help them. At IPOPI (International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies) we help with campaigns, training and support of doctors and nurses and patients. We already have solid patient support groups in Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and have just started a support group in Kenya. Please contact us for any information at pienaarannie@gmail.com or visit our website at www.ipopi.org

Board Member
IPOPI

Chair of PiNSA
Primary Immunodeficiency Network of South Africa

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

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Very encouraged by watching the success of The Malawi Project year after year. This is not a "One and Done" group. These folks keep building on their success and are having an ever increasing positive affect across the entire country. I also appreciate how they want their work to continue to be taken over by the people of Malawi, and not simply run and controlled from the western world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My local club, Altrusa International of the Capital City of VA, chartered( since 1994) under an international umbrella of more than 350 clubs provides extensive community service " in our back yards"and develops leaders in service. For 5 years, through an International Committee, we have shared the distinction with some of our other clubs to provide birthing kits, medicine bottles, and personal hygiene shipped cases (approx. 20) to Indiana. What a great learning experience about Malawi we share through Richard and Suzi Stephens. Though Skye, letters, conversations, etc. we have made real "each one help one" with Dick and Suzi and their organization. These humanitarians , selfless service ambassadors and authors make Malawi come alive in minds and spirits like no others. They paint portraits of Malawi people that make us feel like they are our next door neighbors. We are so proud to know such model leaders and their influential organization.

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a retired long -term medical missionary having worked at Chimala Mission Hospital in Tanzania. I have known of the Malawi Project and Richard and Suzi Stephens since they began the work. It has been exemplary and has helped an amazing number of people in Malawi. The work is continuing and is more than deserving of support from organizations, grants, individuals, etc. // Frank Black, M.D. - Indianapolis, IN

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Malawi Project Inc. was started by caring individuals who made it their mission to improve the quality of life for people in Malawi. The organization has not only provided hundreds of millions of dollars of supplies and equipment to the people of Malawi, it has been instrumental in the establishment of a school, multi-complex hospital, and food distribution plants. What makes Malawi Project most impressive, however, is the dedication of its volunteers who are determined to not only provide support to those in need, but also to provide the people of Malawi with the tools they need to thrive on their own.

c_bischoff2002

Donor

Rating: 5

The Malawi Project is one of the few non profits that can truly state all their funding goes directly to those in need AND that they’ve changed the face of a nation while creating a bond between two countries and groups of people that may not look alike on the outside but share a heart on the inside.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A couple of years ago, my husband and I got introduced to the married couple that founded and runs this organization. We've spent quite a bit of time reading about their work (they are published authors too!), their plight and cause to change Malawi's economic status and healthcare, and have given some time to help secure more donations.

This is one of the VERY FEW organizations out there that has zero overhead - your money goes directly to those that need it in Malawi. The reason being...they are literally donating their lives, love, and time to help the people of Malawi. And why? Because the people of Malawi are hard working, honest, giving, and in need of help for their economic and healthcare structure.

I intend to get more involved as time goes on because I've worked in the non-profit world and donate to a handful of organizations. This is one organization that truly speaks to me since it doesn't go to Malawi and just dump a bunch of money in their hands like some relief organizations do...it also doesn't have a ton of overhead to pay for...and quite frankly, this organization helps manage other relief efforts that would otherwise go mismanaged. Instead, the Malawi Project is streamlined, effective, and helps the lives of those in Malawi by teaching them how to take care of themselves better through improved agriculture, economic growth, and healthcare assistance.

The Malawi Project doesn't just go to build a hospital and staff it with American doctors...they go to build a hospital WITH the people of Malawi and have those same people staff it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working along with and supporting this non-profit for 3 years. The work that they do and the support they provide to those in Malawi is phenomenal. This is a great organization backed by amazing people who want to make the world a better place. If you're looking to make a difference in the lives of Malawians I would highly recommend supporting this non-profit!

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As someone who grew up on several continents and been involved with multiple mission projects, I can honestly say that this amazing project oozes compassion and the love of Jesus. For me, it's enough just knowing there are thousands of children in Malawi (and their parents) who get so excited when they hear that "Ms. Suzi" and "Mr. Richard" are coming from the USA. My insight has deepened over the past few months, as I am temporarily in the Indianapolis area. I've been blessed to witness the deep love, daily devotion, and wonderful work ethic with which Richard and Suzi Stephens lead the MALAWI PROJECT. They are continually getting the word out of the overwhelming needs of one of the poorest countries on the planet, now facing a horrific famine. Richard/Suzi will come speak to your high school/college group, civic organization, , hospital, church, etc. Richard/Suzi are sharing the need online, by phone, or snail mail. In a country where many women give birth on the side of the road, they are now receiving "birthing packets" from women's groups in the USA! In a country where medical supplies are almost non-existent, there are now USA nurses, doctors, hospitals, and corporations donating medical supplies, training, and machinery to be shipped to Malawi. I've seen and heard about job training, sending seed/food, clothing, birthing packets, and so much more. What an awesome testimony of what love in action can do!

Mark T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my tenure at a multi-faceted ministry in Malawi, I witnessed how the Malawi Project allowed that ministry to expand its assistance to the community exponentially in several areas. One of our areas of service was a maternity clinic. Once the MP got involved, we were able to equip not only it, but also dozens of other hospitals and clinics over a several hundred square mile area. Ambulances and trucks from those facilities would cover a field as they came to receive their supplies. Many of these clinics and hospitals lacked basic medical supplies like bandages and needles before the MP got involved. The MP chose our location to open up a warehouse that received many tons of other humanitarian aid as well. We were able to provide wheelchairs to the disabled, food to the hungry, school textbooks to students, and on and on through our association with the MP. The help came in more ways than I can elaborate on here. Then we learned that the MP was helping several other efforts across the country. There is no question that the MP is making a huge impact among a people who have lived in the grip of poverty and suffering for so long.