Monday, October 24, 2005

The Malawi Project

Last Thursday I received a pack of information from Richard Stephens of The Malawi Project. I have mentioned The Malawi Project in several previous posts, and I no doubt will mention the project many more times in the future.

Although NTC provides VitaMeals to malnourished children around the world, the work of The Malawi project is of special interest to the Oxford NTC Alliance. Members of the Oxford NTC Alliance support The Malawi Project by arranging for the donation of VitaMeals produced at the Madalitso Vita Meal Plant in Lumbadzi, Malawi to feed malnourished children in the region. Thus, I was delighted to receive the 3 books, magazine and DVD about Malawi, and The Malawi Project, that Richard sent. It is good, I believe, to be reminded of the 'Why' of our work.

In That's Malawi Suzi Stephens writes:

I am confused when I listen to my friends talking about "loving their neighbors" and "helping those in need", then rushing off to an upscale restaurant to laugh, joke and talk about "how difficult life is in their economically distressed lifestyles". As they order their appetizer and wait for the main course, I remember the villages where the next meal is a few roots pulled up from the bushes near the empty grain bin.

In Walking Among Gentile People Richard Stephens begins the chapter "The Worst Famine" with these words from Isaiah:

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

There is nothing wrong with abundance, but abundance mixed with insularity produces little light. Abandon insularity, visit www.malawiproject.org
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Chris Jordan said...

Hi Tom

that sounds like some great reading matter you've received.

I too have studied the work of the Malawi Project due to our 'umbilical' link with them.

The thing which I find particularly impressive is the way that so many different organisations have integrated their individual specialisations and skills to make a 'model' project work so effectively.

Keep it up Tom and please pass my and Wendy's best wishes to Suzi and Dick if you are in contact. Wendy particularly treasures a photo I took of her with Suzi in the States last year, in fact it's on my office wall here!

Chris J

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Anonymous SansFaim said...

Hunger persists because hungry people lack the opportunity they need to bring their own hunger to an end. Only by mobilizing the energy, responsibility, creativity and resources of the poor themselves can a society be created that is truly free from hunger.

When recognized in this light, ending hunger is no longer only a problem to be solved — it is a profound opportunity to unleash the human spirit.

The Malawi project is a fine example of such an opportunity

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