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Malawi Matters Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to develop and facilitate HIV and AIDS education with the people of Malawi, Africa. By connecting agencies and organizations and using hands-on techniques grounded in Malawian culture, we believe that Malawian youth and adults can find solutions to the HIV and AIDS crisis as well as improve and enhance the quality of life in this economically impoverished, but spiritually rich nation.


Many of you know that Emily Maiden has helped us tremendously with the work on the HIV/AIDS Education and Equipping Women-Emplowering Girls programs. Emily, her husband, Jordan, and their son, Benjamin, are currently in Malawi as she works on her dissertation. You can follow them on their journey through Malawi at the "Maiden Voyages" http://www.themaidenvoyages.com/.


September 30 – Although Malawi Matters $30 in 30 days campaign concludes today, we are grateful that contributions will keep coming & pledges will be paid (at least $8,000-$10,000 in gifts on the way) during October. Here are 9 things you can still do on the last day of the 9th month to help MMI’s 9 guys get 9 bikes: 1. Post – copy this post, write your own, spread the word! 2. Contact – personally invite someone to contribute. 3. Remind – let your “30” know it’s time to send their gifts. 4. Highlight – share ways people can give through PayPal (malawimatters website, support, donate) or mail (Malawi Matters, P.O. Box 11694, South Bend, IN 46634). 5. Ask – invite a group or a mission committee to get involved in Malawi. 6. Thank – express appreciation to those who have given. 7. Affirm - write a note of gratitude (FB reply) to the 9 guys for the work they are doing. 8. Pray – pray for the work of thousands of volunteers in Malawi & U.S.A. who bring life-saving messages to 7.5 million people in 188 villages in “The Warm Heart of Africa.” 9. Continue – keep supporting MMI’s work to meet the challenge from 188 communities to teach the courses to 2,000 schools beginning in 2018.

September 29 – One reason MMI equips & sends volunteer field workers (Regional, Area & Local Reps) to 188 villages to use “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education” – storytelling, music, drama, dance, art – is to curb “childheaded households” – orphaned children raising their siblings. Once people learn how the virus spreads & the disease develops, discrimination & stigma are reduced & people go for testing to learn their status & become connected with treatment. Something as simple as a motorbike will help MMI’s 9 RRs do their job more efficiently. These fine folks are humbled & honored by your generosity. Have you sent your $30, asked someone else to participate, given the information to a group? Zikomo!

September 28 - Why? One more story. When a minister arrived for the first day of “Creative Methods/HIV & AIDS” course, he told facilitator he had come to support leaders in his congregation but he would never pray or preach about the infection/disease in his church. He stayed all five days & his heart was touched. On Sunday, a team from MMI was at his site. He told the parishioners about the training, sang songs they wrote & did a skit. After they acted out “The Good Samaritan,” he stood in the pulpit & proclaimed: “This is the kind of church we need to be – caring for people who are infected, no longer condemning or judging.” Can I get an Amen??? Your gift of $30 in 30 days (9 bikes for 9 guys in 9th month) helps MMI’s RRs bring these life-saving messages to 188 communities in central Malawi. Zikomo.

September 27 – Alfred Mwale, the 9th Regional Rep (field workers), covers an area of 30 communities in and around the capital city, Lilongwe. MMI met Alfred on the first trip to Malawi in 2005 & has worked with him in many capacities ever since. Alfred also coordinates an orphan care program, I AM WHO. Alfred & his wife, Jane, have 4 children. If you can, please help Alfred by donating to his bike.

September 26 – Tuesday’s Transportation Totals - At present, MMI has raised $4,955.58 during its $30 in 30 campaign. $26,094.42 to go! MMI is committed to raising 3/4ths of the costs of the bikes - $3,450 per bike or $31,050 for 9. Please support this life-saving work in 188 villages in the central region of Malawi. Your contributions are appreciated. Zikomo.

September 25 – MMIs 9 RRs (field workers) have completed the motorcycle pre-training steps: getting a registration card, highway code book, and learner’s license. Each has committed to 80 hours (10 days) of training on motorcycle theory and practice. They plan to take the training as a group to promote teamwork. Peter, Yoweri, Mike, Franklin, Bleston, John, Alfred, James & Kennedy are grateful for your contributions towards motorbikes to help them do their job. Some people have given $30 for each bike (30 x 9) & that’s awesome. Thank you – Zikomo!

September 24 – RR Yoweri Desman, MMI volunteer who is also a businessman & a farmer, writes: I visit each of the 24 areas in my region for 2 days every 6 months (with Area Reps and Local Reps) for reporting, evaluating, planning & training. MMI has a 3-part follow-up plan for each group: Implement (Action Plan), Instruct (Education), Interact (Identify & connect with local partners for services). Each area completes 2 written reports per year to measure progress. It’s a big job & a motorcycle would sure help with transport issues. Zikomo.

September 23 – Why do MMI’s RRs–field officers–conduct 2-day sessions in assigned areas of the Central Region once every six months? It’s because of stories from a group in Dowa District. “Before we had Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS training, we told sick people to stay away (from church, classes, events). We didn’t know how they got sick & we didn’t want what they had. Once we learned how the virus spreads & the disease develops, we gathered to ask for forgiveness for what we had done. We had, literally, harmed many people because they were afraid to go for testing (VCT) for fear they would be outcasts. Now, we’ve promised to never treat people like that again. We are helping people get tested, find ARVs & plant gardens for food.”

September 22 – Peter Kalusa Banda, RR for Kapiri & Mchinji areas (on the border of Zambia), is also a head teacher, husband, father of 5 & grandfather. Peter writes: After marvelous turn up of over 400 participants to the July training, the RRs, ARs & LRs for both Creative Methods on HIV/AIDS & Equipping Women-Empowering Girls are happy with plans of expanding MM programs to community model where people of all walks will be served with life-saving messages with schools first. I am thankful for every effort to make MM move forward & not forgetting our DONORS for the timely financial support. God bless you all & ask for continued support especially this time when Malawi Matters has expanded its programs to reach the needy at grassroot level.

September 21 – So, you might be asking: What’s the impact of Malawi Matters’ programs & the work of the Regional Representatives (Field Officers)? Here’s a verbatim story from the Dedza District. One of the women participants confessed and admitted that she had been ill treating her late sister’s children. She was not willing to take the children into her house because their mother (her sister) and their father had died of HIV/AIDS; she feared that the children would bring AIDS into her family. The children were caring for themselves in a house headed by the eldest girl-14years old. The woman said that she did this because she did not know the truth how HIV is spread. Soon after she had learnt about the truth on how HIV is spread from the “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education” course the woman adopted the children into her house. And, her Chilobwe Church began active care and support programs for orphans and vulnerable children, too.”

September 20 – RR Kennedy Zintambira … My area is so hilly that no any means of transport could suit apart from motorbike. In my area road is made of earth which is difficult to travel during rainy season using car. We are reaching all people in central region & people of Malawi will be saved from HIV & AIDS through the Creative methods programs. Teachers are so happy after hearing that MMI will work in their various schools. They are promising us that they will attend the meetings in various places. Please don't get tired to assist us.

September 19 - Transportation Tuesday Totals - At present, MMI has raised $3,346.54 during its $30 in 30 campaign. $26,653.46 to go! MMI is committed to raising 3/4ths of the costs of the bikes - $3,450 per bike or $31,050 for 9. Your contributions are appreciated. RR Franklin Gwengwe sent his thanks this morning: “I want to thank you for all the wonderful and tiresome job that you are doing to raise funds for our motor bikes. It really takes people with passion for the masses. I say BRAVO!!!!!! to all the people who are donating towards this project.”

September 18 – RR John Kaliwamba, a public school teacher who covers 15 villages in the Kanjiwa and Kongwe areas of the Dowa District of Central Malawi, says: “I need a motor bike because it will assist me to move easily in my catchment area.”

September 17 – Malawi Matters’ September Campaign – 9 (bikes) for 9 (guys) in 9th (month) or $30 (dollars) in 30 (days) also means 30 (people) for 30 (dollars). Several people – behind the scenes & via social media - have committed to asking 30 people for $30 to help MMI’s field workers with transport issues. Is there someone you can invite to participate? Could your congregation take an offering? Whatever people do is appreciated.

September 16 – From Emily Maiden, a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame studying Political Science & Peace Studies (residing in Malawi for 1 year with her family) on her blog “The Maiden Voyages”: To date, Malawi Matters has worked in over 180 villages across every single district of the Central Region. Coordinated through a Board of Directors in the U.S. and a Board of Trustees in Malawi, every single activity conducted by Malawi Matters is voluntary. All programs are funded purely through donation. It’s truly amazing to see how much this organization has accomplished on such a small yearly budget. Seriously, I am blown away by how fiscally responsible the organization is, especially compared to other NGOs and non-profits working here. So, if you donate to this organization, you know virtually every single cent of your donation will go directly to the programming!

September 15 – RR Mike Dzombe says in his remote areas in Chilanga and Machentche bikes can work efficiently. Of MMI programs he writes, “Thanks for lessons conducted on alcohol, drugs, coping with conflict, human rights, cultural practices – all connected to HIV and AIDS. All will assist vulnerable Malawians especially the youth & women (who remain traditionally marginalized) see the light. The community model with a school allegiance prepares youth & equips girls with tools, values & morals to freely & ably manage life.

September 14 – ($30 in 30 or 9 for 9 in 9) Malawi Matters’ Coordinator and Regional Representatives (RRs) have in-country oversight of programs in 188 communities of the Central Region of “The Warm Heart of Africa.” They keep programs like “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls” going year-round. They are the future of MMI moving forward. We’re fundraising for motorbikes to help them do their job and reach the people in their catchment areas.

September 13 – RR James Soko, a Child Protection Worker for the government of Malawi and a head teacher at a public school, sold a cow to help raise funds for his portion of his bike. James writes: “Due to environmental challenges that rural communities face, like hills, valleys, and long distances, there is need for efficiency and effective means of transport to reach the remotest areas. When MMI operates, 95% is remote areas where public transport is impaired. Motorbikes are essential to provide programs.

September 12 – Transportation Tuesday Totals - At present, MMI has raised $2,294.00 during its $30 in 30 campaign. $28,756.00 to go! MMI is committed to raising 3/4ths of the costs of the bikes - $3,450 per bike or $31,050 for 9. Your contributions are appreciated. Please help MMI spread the message. Zikomo.

September 11
– Tim Lehmann, participant on February, 2017 Malawi trip writes: “Hello everyone. This is a project that's near and dear to my heart. Having met these people, seeing their dedication and the conditions that they are working under, I can affirm the need. Please consider supporting them however you can!”

September 10
– Besides your personal contribution of $30 (or more) for motorcycles for MMI’s 9 RRs, would you contact 30 family members, friends, colleagues, co-workers, neighbors, group members and invite them to participate in the $30 in 30 (9 for 9) bike campaign? Start a GoFundMe site or ask MMI to supply brochures and/or newsletters or other information that might help you spread the word via FB, email & mail. Zikomo – Thank You!

September 9 – RR Bleston Kalebe, a farmer as well as MMI volunteer, states “there are some areas whereby you can’t go on a minibus but using only motorbike. Therefore, coming of the motorbike is indeed concrete solution to our transportation problem.”

September 8 – Transportation for MMI’s RRs (Regional Representatives) – without motorbikes – involves riding crowded, unreliable, unsafe mini buses; renting push or motor bikes at high costs; and walking long distances.

September 7
– MMI’s 9 RRs (Regional Representatives) cover 13,742 square miles of the Central Region of Malawi to make their bi-annual visits to villages. According to the National Statistical Office of Malawi, the Central Region is 35,592 kilometers & the 2017 census reports a population of 7,573,700 people.

September 6 – RR Franklin Gwengwe, a public school teacher & church youth leader who volunteers with MMI & has 30 villages in his assigned area (60 days of work every 6 months), shares: “I strongly need the motor bike. This is good due to the conditions of the roads that we normally use. There are places where vehicles cannot go; this is why we opted for motorbikes.”

September 5 - Month of Motorcycles MMI is committed to raising 3/4ths of the costs of the bikes - $3,450 per bike or $31,050 for 9. At present, MMI has raised $1,664.52 and has mounted the $30 in 30 campaign to share the need, tell the story, and invite your participation. $29,385.48 to go!

September 4 – MMIs Regional Representatives (RRs) have committed to raise the funds to pay 1/4th of the cost of each bike themselves. At present, they have raised $8,450.00 of their $10,350.00 share. One RR sold a cow to help cover his cost. Now, that's commitment!

September 3 - The bikes MMI will purchase are Yamaha model XTZ125E which can handle the terrible road conditions in Malawi. The supplier of the bikes, Stansfield Motors, has been in business in Malawi for over 75 years. They will provide warranties as well as a helmet for each rider plus handle the registration, license, and insurance procedures for MMI.

September 2 - Malawi Matters (MMI)’s 9 RRs conduct a 2-day visit to each assigned area in 188 villages of the central region of Malawi every 6 months to coordinate activities related to Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education, Culture & HIV-AIDS programs, plus Equipping Women/Empowering Girls courses. The 9 RRs work with 60 ARs (Area Reps), 364 LRs (Local Reps), and 3,276 CIs (Certified Instructors) plus schools, groups, and faith communities. All are VOLUNTEERS! Motorbikes are needed to ease transport problems during these RR visits.

September 1 - 9 for 9! 30 for 30! That’s the theme of Malawi Matters September campaign to raise funds for 9 motorbikes so its 9 RRs (Regional Representatives) can more efficiently do their work throughout central Malawi. You are invited to give $30.00 to this appeal by September 30. Checks may be sent to Malawi Matters Inc., P. O. Box 11694, South Bend, IN 46634 or made via PayPal. Here’s a link to MMIs newsletter with more details - September newsletter


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Newsletters:

*September Newsletter - Nine for Nine - meet the guys!
*August Newsletter - Mission by the numbers
*June Newsletter - Prayer Guide & Future Plans
*April Newsletter - February/March report
*October Newsletter - Meet our volunteers!



Our Expressed Goals

  • stress HIV and AIDS prevention through active, hands-on education utilizing the arts and culture
  • develop a core group of Malawian trainers to sustain our education programs
  • communicate why it is vital to learn about HIV and AIDS in all spheres of life
  • support on-going efforts to identify methods and skills necessary to address HIV and AIDS issues
  • stimulate youth and adults to think creatively about HIV and AIDS issues
  • connect agencies and organizations working toward eradication of HIV and AIDS in Malawi

 

Our Inspiration

The inspiration for Malawi Matters springs from the large concentration of warm, hard-working, and humble Malawians who make South Bend, Indiana U.S.A. (and the surrounding communities) their home. They are our friends and neighbors and have become our family … now their families in Malawi are our families, too. Their stories have changed our lives and compel Malawi Matters to help stem the destructive tide of HIV and AIDS that is decimating that country. By facilitating the necessary education and training needed in Malawi, we hope to bring an end to the present crisis of children raising children.

 

 

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There are an estimated 650,000 orphans in Malawi due to AIDS.