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The Unofficial Page of Peace Corps Malawi

The Unofficial Page of Peace Corps Malawi

The Unofficial Page of Peace Corps Malawi

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The Lake Nyassa region from the essentially modern 1897 Century Atlas map is enlarged above. Although many place names have changed in the century since it was printed, even satellite-assisted

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By Jim Gregory on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 - 8:19 pm: Edit Post

My son, Jeremy, is currently working near Mtobwa, Balaki in Malawi. He is trying to develop alternative income programs for the villagers. Because of the unsettled weather trends of the past few years (including this year with cyclone Delfina and El Nino), normal agricultural incomes are nonexistent.
Most all villages have people who produce native crafts (cloth, wood, music, etc.) and Jeremy is hoping to develop a market for these products, not only in the U.S., but throughout the world. Many African countries have developed native arts export programs. Malawi is behind in this endeavor.
His program is to build Economic Development Centers in the larger villages; build a building that would have meeting/classrooms, offices, a library and a communications center.
The larger rooms would be used for community meetings as well as classrooms for both children and adults. The offices would be for the local economic cooperative to establish markets; recruit local craftsmen/women; the library would be just that, a library containing books, information on crafts, marketing, etc.
The communications center would consist of one or more satellite computers which would give the co-op communications with thier markets.
The whole thing would be powered by alternative energy sources (solar, hydroelectric or wind; whichever is the most practical).
Obviously, this would take a certain amount of capital to fund. Jeremy is looking for businesses, foundations, grants, etc. that would be willing to support such a program.
This is a wide-open market. Similar programs have been developed in other African countries; Mozambique, S. Africa, Kenya that I know of. Given the conditions in Malawi (drought, floods, AIDs, etc.)any and all additional income the people could garner would do nothing but improve their condition.
Jeremy has no reliable communication with the U.S. If you have any suggestions as to where to get support, donations, etc. for his project, contact me at: I am helping to coordinate his efforts from this end.

Jim Gregory
Peace Corps Volunteer, Colombia I

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