I am Faith Lewis Somanje, a young man born and raised in Malawi.
I have known the Malawi project as a non profit making organization for almost three years now, mainly because of its humanitarian support programs in Education, Relief and development. The wonderful thing is that it doesn't ask for any benefit from the communities it work with.
Recently the Malawi project has constructed a community warehouse in one of the areas I work with ( Dowa west, Central Malawi) with motivation from the bible story of Joseph in Egypt. This will sure help the community to store enough food that can be used later when they are faced with hunger.
This plus many other programs have been a blessing to many Malawians throughout all regions.
I live in Rochester, Minnesota - home of Msyo Clinic. I have seen people so committed to helping this amazing ministry/project. Children recently jump started a collection of $1,100 for food for the Malawi family. A doctors group donated medical supplies, including an x-ray machine. Others have handed me items from medicine bottles to clothing. I am deeply blessed and thankful to be a small Donor to this incredible organization.
My wife and I have supported the Malawi Project for the better part of a decade now. In that time we have been fortunate enough to watch as our contributions turn into new and innovative programs that not only help them with basic needs, but provide technology and materials that empower them to do more and have a better quality of life.
I was fortunate enough to travel with Dick and Suzi to see Malawi first hand. We were able to see many of the amazing things they have accomplished with God's help to improve the lives of many people in Malawi. It was especially amazing to see how true to the mission the Malawi project is. We were able to see the Namikango Mission and watch as Wilson carefully doled out supplies to local nurses and people in need. The most touching for me personally was a wheelchair that was given to a teenage girl who had become disabled by cerebral malaria. Prior to receiving the wheelchair her mother was forced to carry this girl, who was literally twice the size of her mother, on her back to the market, church, etc. I remember sobbing as the mother told us about how much she appreciated the wheelchair for her daughter and how much it had changed their lives. I was simply floored by how great the need is and how the things that we take for granted are so greatly appreciated there. It is because I have seen how great the need is and how wonderfully the Malawi Project works with Malawians to fulfill these needs that I continue to support them.
Malawi Project is a worthy work in a country which needs immediate assistance. My experience with the intentions and work of Suzi and Dick Stephens stems from their attending a Medical Mission Seminar in Tennessee in my home church in 1999. The work as always been to benefit the physical , spiritual and educational health and agricultural needs of the people.
The current famine creates an urgency for basic nutrition to which donors can share some of their tax refund.
It has been a high honor to have become a regular donor to this exceptional organization. I have come to know its leaders, the Stephensons, rather well through years of their patronage to my business. The Malawi Project is purely inspiring to me and I greatly admire the passion and courage that it takes to effectively run. There are myriad good will projects that this organization undertakes that benefit people that are in tremendous need and are resource deficient. I would heartily recommend that one consider donating to the Malawi Project with a monetary gift or donation. It will be appreciated beyond belief and one will be rewarded in knowing how far reaching their kindness will be.
Our story with the Malawi Project began about 1 year ago. Our totally volunteer driven ministry manufactures 3-wheel 'off-road' Mobility vehicles for the leg-disabled in developing countries. We send these Carts in Shipping Containers loaded at our facility in DeMotte, Indiana. We were looking for another Distribution Partner with the skills and experience to receive these donated Carts and make sure they were properly distributed to those persons who were mobility challenged. We got this in the Malawi Project, and we got so much more! We were privileged to get a partner that is clearly faith-based, is focused on compassion, is meticulous about screening recipients, and carefully keeps their ministry to Malawi separate from government entanglement--which so often could be the ultimate downfall of effective aid from an NGO. And then we were blessed with an organization that already has a network of connections to 20 some hospitals, many clinics, and disability service providers all through Malawi, having developed this network for more than 20 years; we knew the Lord had a very direct hand in forging this link between our two ministries.
The Malawi Project will be using its network in Malawi to directly supervise the distribution of the Mobility Carts as an alternative to wheelchairs; these Carts go where wheelchairs usually cannot go--on rough unpaved ground--giving the gift of mobility, independence and dignity to so many that have had to crawl or be carried by others!
We are blessed by the Malawi Project; and now the Mobility Carts can be a blessing to hundreds and thousands in Malawi. The Malawi Project recognizes that the Cart changes the life of a recipient immediately, but also the lives of the recipient's family and friends, and then often the entire community. With our next container shipment set for May, the Malawi Project will have more than 400 Carts to meet the unique needs of more than 400 people.
We are so thankful for the Malawi Project and that they have expanded the branch of their ministry that meets disability needs--competently, efficiently, and compassionately!
The Malawi Project has been a great blessing to the people of Malawi. Due to the flooding and subsequent drought conditions in the recent past, there has been need to focus on food relief. But when harvests are more plentiful there remains the persistent need for medical supplies, agricultural equipment and educational material.
The Malawi Project is experienced at meeting these needs. We were blessed to witness many of the programs that are described in the overview when we worked with the Stevens in Malawi in 2006. It is a pleasure to give when you know that the funds will be used effectively.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Dick, Suzi, and others involved in the Malawi Project. I personally worked very closely with Malawi Project during my years with NAMIKANGO MISSION INC of the church of Christ between 2005 and December 2015 where I worked as Assistant Director. The impact of Malawi Project on the Malawian community has simply been enourmous. In a country that has a rapid growing population, government needs development parteners who will contribute in a very meaningful way to the needs of the population. Malawi Project has been such a partener in contributing heavily especially in the health sector through distribution of much needed drugs and medical supplies both in government and private health institutions. The education sector has also benefitted immensly from the work of Malawi Project through distribution of books and other reading materials. How grateful we are to God for a very committed couple in Dick and Suzi who have over the years worked very tirelessly for the good of the Malawi people. Malawi Project is in a cause worth the support of all who love mankind.
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.
I don't think I have ever known a more passionate group of people for the work they do. It is so inspiring to hear the stories of how The Malawi Project has lifted so many lives in Africa.
In a time when we must be cautious of where we send donations, it's great knowing this organization is accountable.
We have been helped in so many ways by the Malawi Project for the passed fourteen and a half years. We would NOT have been able to assist the people of Senga Bay, Salima in the way we have if it WEREN'T for the Malawi Project.
Over the years they have helped us with the building and supply of books for our Para Community library, which thanx to them we have been able to expand by providing additional books to MAFCO Community Secondary School library.Provided us with medical supplies for our District Hospital, medicines, bandages, etc for our Clinic at the Gate and now medicines for Ndi Moyo Palliative Care. Giving Mobility for the Immobile by providing wheelchairs, walking frames, crutches etc and now the new designed PETS.Two V Tractors to bring mechanised farming to the rural areas.Clothing and Linen for the less fortunate. Forwarded volunteers to assist in village projects, understanding that we are about the people for the people, no matter their culture, religious beliefs etc.
How can we express just how grateful we are and how amazing the MALAWI PROJECT is, the work that they do for us and many others in Malawi can not be expressed fully in a few sentences.THANK YOU
I've been involved with Dick Stephens' ministries since the late 1960's, so when he told me he was getting involved with helping the people of Malawi, I knew they were in for a great blessing. From helping people find better ways of farming, including introducing a tractor designed from the ground up for their special needs in that part of the world, Project Malawi has done a wondrous amount of work, works of love, they would call it.
If any of you are looking for a great work to support that is doing wonderful work in this largely forgotten part of the world, you can't do better than the Malawi Project.
So many thanks to Dick and his staff for all the trials they have endured in helping the people of this nation, and thanks to God for giving them His strength to accomplish it.
It has been a pleasure getting to know Dick, Suzi, and others involved in the Malawi Project. They are doing a great work in an area of the world that needs assistance. It has been a blessing to be able to support their efforts.
I have known the Malawi Project from its infancy as I had worked with Suzy when she and Richard first began developing the idea of going, working and improving the life of people in Malawi. They have more than proved that a little ripple in a great pond can bring waves of support and help. They have worked side by side with the people in Malawi to lift them up. I am an avid supporter of such a fine organization.
I have long admired the Malawi Project as a well-run, effective organization. It has remained focused on its core mission, so that funds and efforts are used in the most efficient way possible. The list of positive effects on the poorest residents of Malawi is impressive. As a life-long minister, I have seen many missionary organizations that are long on good intentions but short on know-how and effective strategy. The Malawi Project is run by people with the best of intentions, but who also have approached their task with careful thought and effective strategy.
This is a great effort to help the people of Malawi help themselves. Those involved are very loving and dedicated.
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!!!
The Malawi project is a tremendous work that provides so many different services to the wonderful people of Malawi!! From wheelchairs, tractors, medical supplies, school supplies and more! Dick and Susie Stephens work tirelessly to continue to provide this needy country with provisions to meet their needs!
Malawi Project's goal to make Malawians independent is seen in all their programs. Malawians in leadership and administrative positions of all their programs in the beginning insures ownership by the nationals and much greater success of the program.
This organization does an excellent job of avoiding aid-dependency by utilizing strategies and designing/implementing programs which promote innovation and development independence. These facets are powered or heavily influence by valuable Malawian knowledge and various citizen perspectives. The organization's partners are well-trained, scrupulous, and professional. If you are looking to volunteer or donate to an Indiana-based organization which delivers productive results, promotes local empowerment, is highly focused, and doesn't accommodate troublesome neoliberalist ideologies (i.e. "The West knows best"), the Malawi Project is the NGO you are looking for.