Please help us make life better for the poor people of Malawi! Thank You.
Thanks to everyone who donated via the special Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donation match which ended Dec 31, 2016! We are still awaiting the check (as of Jan 14, 2017) but believe, with your donations and their match, that we raised over $2,000 towards our cause.
William Kamkwamba is now with us in Hudson (see news)! If you wish to donate and get a signed used copy of his book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” please see below.
Bridge to Malawi appreciates your support and donations. You can donate to the general fund and we will use it on the most pressing current need or select the button to donate $50.oo US and receive the signed book . Your donation is tax deductible in the US in US Dollars).
|Donate $50 and get a signed copy of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba, who grew up in Wimbe a village we serve. The book is a used book, 100% of the donation goes to the organization ( a generous individual is covering the cost of the book and shipping costs).|
- Malaria Spraying (IRS): We are also endeavoring to prevent malaria by undertaking indoor residual spraying (IRS) as a means of killing the mosquitoes that transmit the malaria. This involves application of a long-lasting contact killing insecticide on the inside walls of dwellings and other structures in malaria prevalent villages. The insecticide and techniques used are those mandated by the WHO and the government of Malawi. Working through a Rotary International grant with our K2 TASO partners and the Lilongwe Rotary Club , we have been instrumental in the protection of approximately 25,000 people in 9 villages until November of 2018 with a plan to continue and expand this program beyond then.
- Give a Goat Program: We continue to raise money for the purchase of goats for donation (over 280 so far!) to poor farm families as part of a pass-on program. The first-born goat is given away to another poor farm family. Milk and manure are enormous benefits to the poor farmers where we work. Goats cost $37 apiece.
- Irrigation Projects: We are helping build 2 new treadle pump-run irrigation projects in addition to the 6 we’ve already funded. An irrigation project costs $250 apiece
- Land Lease: In order to help improve local nutrition and prevent future famines, we are instituting a new program called “Land Lease,” which pays 50 of the poorest farmers where we work to grow the high-nutrition drought-resistant crops we choose on a half acre of their land rather than the traditional maize (corn) or tobacco. This will also include the planting of 10 or more trees on each farmer’s land. Approximately 350 people will benefit from this pilot program, which we plan to expand if successful. $140 will keep a farm family on their land for a year and enable them to grow soybeans and plant trees.
- Cows and Ploughs: Currently most of the subsistence farmers in Malawi (80% of the population) plant their crops using their backs and a hoe. We wish to help them cultivate more efficiently`by purchasing an ox and a plow for each of 6 villages to be shared by the all villagers. This will ultimately be a pass-on program like our goat initiative. The milk and manure from the oxen will be shared as well. An ox and a plow cost $650 apiece.
- Waterwheel Project: Many fields along the Bua River could be productive despite the current drought if they could be irrigated. We hope to initiate a small industry which will produce low cost waterwheel irrigation systems along the river. With luck we will be able to generate a little electricity too!