This year our team consisted of 44 team members 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. We worked alongside the local chiefs, leaders and children of Selengo to renovate the existing classrooms of the secondary school with new paint, beautiful painted alphabet and pictures, along with numbers on the wall and a map of Malawi in one of the rooms. They were painted with such wonderful teamwork, joy, laughter and care in doing our best work with all the utensils and tools provided. We cut wood to build and varnish the school desks for the children and they were such a welcome site for the teachers and children. One of the highlights was the opening ceremony of the new borehole (well) to provide clean water to the village.
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.
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 31 years.