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ASAP Tickets Supports Customers’ Meaningful Work to Improve Living Conditions in Malawi

ASAP Tickets is proud to support our loyal customer, Good Neighbor Network’s Executive Director Jill Hartzell. Jill’s good heart is an inspiration to us all. Since visiting Malawi in 2002, Jill has been providing personal support to projects run by Good Samaritan Malawi (GSMalawi).

I perform all the communication with donors, plan fundraisers, and do all the accounting for the non-profit. I travel to Malawi annually and work with the staff in reviewing completed projects and discussing upcoming opportunities for new projects.

Jill Hartzell’s company organizes fundraising activities in the US. Every year they set up small fundraisers, like Women’s Tea, a 5k race and a farm festival, and bring more than 5,000 people together for their Lavender Festival.

Good Samaritan Malawi

Malawi is located in southeast Africa. Village life in Malawi is still very traditional – only a few households have piped water and access to electricity.

GSMalawi is providing water-purification bags (SolarBags) for Malawi citizens to help them access clean drinking water more easily and reduce sickness in villages. SolarBags use solar energy to purify the water. They have been a fantastic investment.

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Providing clean water for Malawi citizens

Malawi is located in southeast Africa. Village life in Malawi is still very traditional – only a few households have piped water and access to electricity.

GSMalawi is providing water-purification bags (SolarBags) for Malawi citizens to help them access clean drinking water more easily and reduce sickness in villages. SolarBags use solar energy to purify the water. They have been a fantastic investment.

Some of Malawi’s land has been desolate for centuries. Creating an agricultural well in 2011 helped people begin to make the land fertile again. Since then, hundreds of trees have been planted and crops have been harvested.

With the coming of water, comes great hope and encouragement. It helps to provide Malawi villages with clean water and nutritious food.

Educational Projects in Malawi

Nursery Schools

GSMalawi has five nursery schools for children aged three to five. Most of the children are orphans. The organization’s goal is to teach them life skills and hygiene, assist mothers with parenting, and address children’s medical issues. Every day, the kindergartens provide students with healthy, nutritious meals, teach them English and prepare them for elementary school.

School Sponsorship

There are many children in Malawi with high academic scores and huge potential who can’t afford further education. GSMalawi selects these young enthusiasts for school sponsorship to help them pursue their dreams.

Vocational and Agricultural Training

GSMalawi educates teen girls to combat marriage and pregnancy at a very young age. The girls meet weekly in vocational training to discuss physical, emotional, and spiritual maturity, and they are mentored by successful business owners to develop their business skills.

Through an agricultural training program, GSMalawi helps families improve their home gardens. Teachers introduce them to organic methods and show them how to grow more diverse vegetables with shorter growing seasons, enabling families to better provide for their loved ones.

Personal stories

Examples of Hope and Success for Everyone

Justina

Justina was 14 when her mother died of AIDS. Her father left the family of eight children and went to his home village to marry another woman, leaving Justina to raise her seven siblings.

Justina dropped out of school and would wake up in the early hours of the day to walk miles to gather firewood to sell so she could buy the family’s food for the day. She was struggling so much that she considered prostitution as a means of meeting the basic needs of the family.

When the chief of the area met Justina, he directed her to GSMalawi. In 2002, the organization sponsored her to go to school. Justina graduated and went on to attend vocational computer school. She is currently married with two children and is supporting her family by teaching Microsoft Office classes and working full time.

She attributes her success to the opportunity brought into her life by GSMalawi.

Andrew

Andrew was a retired teacher. After having a stroke in 2000, he found himself wheelchair-bound and unable to make any income.

His family struggled with hunger and he almost lost hope. However, in 2005 Andrew heard about GSMalawi and went to a meeting of their small business loan program. Over the course of the year, he graduated from the class and was given a small business loan for a start-up.

Andrew approached all the mortuaries in the area and obtained several contracts for making wreaths for the caskets. His business became very successful. With the profit he earned he built three rental homes, which also contributed to his household income. As a result of his great success, he became GSMalawi Director of Small Business Loans until 2014, when he passed away. Andrew’s life is an example of hope and success for everyone.

Reuben

Reuben is thankful to GSMalawi for his success. Without them, he wouldn’t have been able to attend school or become a doctor. Now he can provide for not only his immediate family but his relatives too.

Reuben grew up in Mzuzu with five siblings, three of whom died of AIDS. Reuben’s dream was to become a doctor. Even though he received a scholarship from the government, he still needed transport funds and school supplies for nursing school.

GSMalawi stepped in and offered Reuben sponsorship so he could continue studying. After graduating, he got a job as leading medical advisor at Nkhata Bay Hospital. Later, he received a full scholarship to the London School of Medicine for a year’s study of infectious diseases. GSMalawi supported him financially by providing funds for housing and transport during his year of study in London. He completed his studies in September 2015.

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  • Justina
  • Andrew
  • Reuben

Make a Difference – Help People Living in Malawi

GSMalawi is a non-profit organization running a number of diverse programs and projects. They rely on donations from individuals and businesses. Help your neighbor in Malawi by donating or contacting GSMalawi with ideas to help fundraise for future projects.

Visit the GSMalawi website for more information:

www.gsmalawi.org

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