This year our team consisted of 35 including students and faculty from Rocky Mountain University and personnel from other various organizations. The focus of the expedition was to serve the children and people of Malawi by building a primary school and library and also providing clinical experience for students and other healthcare professionals.
Each team member used their checked luggage to carry 100 pounds of donated items including medical textbooks, school books for the library, construction tools and gloves, medical supplies, toys, blankets, team jerseys and playground toys. One of the highlights of the trip was donating the toys to local orphanages. The team also delivered medical supplies to nearby clinics and the medical textbooks were presented to the medical school dean and hospital healthcare leaders in Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Team members worked side-by-side with local residents including children who would do all they could to help, to build a school. The team enjoyed the interaction with the people of Malawi and there were smiles all around.
Malawi is considered the poorest country in the world. Dr. Richard (Ranger) Nielsen, President of World of Difference, has been serving the people in Africa for 29 years.
“That gift – the gift of becoming is all that we had to give, and it is a precious gift to those children and their families for generations to come,” said Dr. Nielsen. “Education is a grand prize above shoes, clothes or even three meals a day. Education is a valuable and precious commodity that enables them to ‘become.’ We had but a small part in this whole scheme of things, yet it was huge at the same time, and the ripple effect will go on for years.”