Chilanga School for the Blind, Malawai Africa

My friends and travel partners have just returned from our time in Malawi. Thank you to my talented and caring friend and filmmaker, Michael who is working late into the night creating the larger film. Michael was able to capture this moment when we were alone in a school room and he asked me why do I come to Malawi. I tried my best to explain.
At 65, I was unclear if this would be my last Malawi trip, I tell you now, it will not. Planning has begun for 2021. Zikomo Kwambiri

We funnel all donations through our church. Our team then takes these funds to Africa to distribute.

I hope you can join me in this mission to the Chilanga Scholl for the blind in Malawi Africa and Nkhoma Mission Hospital.
36521396_1548633950516725_r.jpegI have worked in the border slums of Mexico no on 10 trips, number 11 coming up at Easter.  It was on these trips that I got the bug to go to Africa where Piedmont Community Church has adopted a sister church, Kafita CCOP in Lilongwe, Malawi.  Malawi is landlocked country in sub equatorial Africa.  One of poorest nations on earth a per person GDP of less than $1000.

I am sharing with you an “investment” opportunity. The entire trip including our camera and sound guy is covered 100% out of our funds.  Further each us have a target of taking some $10,000 over to donate.  Each of us have our own priorities but for me it the Albinos and blind orphans at Chilanga and Nkhoma Mission Hospital that are most urgent although I say they are all urgent.

At the blind school and orphanage, I have already arranged for as many donations of new cloths, hats, lip balms and soccer balls as I can carry.  It is now cash that I need.  With that cash I can buy institutional size sun screen from the hospital resources and donate to the Albinos who suffer badly from the sun.   I can buy rice and beans when they all the usual get is corn meal.  On our 2016 trip we took 8 bags of rice of beans on arrival the school and there was a palpable low rumble of surprise and elation from the seated children who rarely get these grains as they are too expensive.  We bought more!!!

50Kg bag of maize grain $10
50KG bag rice $19
50KG bag beans $19
50Kg beans can be offer $30
Your funds will go 100% directly to the causes:
The Chilanga School for the blind
Nkhoma Mission Hospital
Kafita Church Feeding Program
Chiombomwala Home for Widows and Orphans
Calvary Church Mpoenela feeding program for widows and orphans.

When we donate the cash, we do so in a very public matter where it all counted and shown in the open to be sure everyone is aware of it.  Not a perfect system but you have to be there and experience this to understand.

Return on Investment
“Give me a pint and I’ll save a life,” the doctor stated.
36521396_1548634313882078_r.jpegThis is no slogan. Martha Sommers, the only doctor for 1,000 square kilometers in Northern Malawi is looking right at me. Nearly twenty five percent of the nation is infected with the HIV virus; they have a desperate need for clean blood.

“I’m under no illusion that I will change the direction of these kids’ lives, but I can ensure that this day, today, they can have a great day.”

Being born an albino child in sub-equatorial Africa means a horrendous alienation. “If you are albino you have 100% chance of severe vision impairment, to a greater or lesser degree you are blind or legally blind. Even if you are not physically orphaned, you are figuratively orphaned: expelled from your village because your own people are afraid of you. The blood of an albino is said to have special powers. You are shunned by your village and often hunted and your body parts are sold on the black market to be made into potions.
“I can get far more food for my kids if I take the risk. converting American cash into local currency means I feed more families, even if it means my head is on a constant swivel.
Maize is everyday fare for this school of orphans, but rice and beans are cause for vocal exuberance. A small wave of sounds and reverberate among the children. Four Hundred  kilos will get the them through the winter. The bags of beans and rice are a special treat.

36521396_1548634868424624_r.jpegWhen you start feeling sorry for yourself that you don’t have a Net Jets card or your yacht isn’t big enough, think about being an orphan in the one of the poorest countries in the world, where the blaze of the sub-equatorial sun will consume you and every noise in the night shudders a fear that someone is hunting you with a machete to take a limb and sell it on the black market.   Think of the deep emotional scars you carry simply because of how you were born. Add to all of this, the rawness of real hunger against the ever-present risk of contracting a deadly disease, the plight and poverty exceeds our comprehension. And still they sing and laugh and play, I need some of this this running in my veins and in my heart.
Giving may often feels like a one-way street, as if the only one who benefits is the receiver. But the people who are changed are the givers. “It is changing me. This isn’t a simple matter of being grateful for all we have considering the poverty that they possess; this is quid pro quo: we give from our wealth of materials; they give from their generosity of spirit. Those of us on this trip return with only the clothes on our backs, we leave everything: luggage, shaving kits, extra clothes, every cent. Even though we return with nothing, we somehow return richer. I can’t explain it, but it’s the greatest return on investment I’ve ever experienced in 40 years of doing business.

If you donate $500.00 or more we will name you on the credits of the final film we are creating.  We are bit unclear on how it will take shape or how long it will be but I am excited to get it done.  Again note this is entirely self funded, any donations from this GoFundMe go 100% to food and medical for the schools, hospital and feeding stations.

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