Today was an amazing day that I will never forget! For many years at Cornerstone, I’ve enjoyed being a part of the annual Water Walk and helping to raise funds for their mission in Malawi. I’ve encouraged others to donate, talking about the “life changing” projects that were underway. Today I had a chance to appreciate how accurate the phrase “life changing” is and to see the results firsthand.
Our first stop was a primary school, where over 750 children are receiving an education. Their smiles warmed my heart. Next we visited a farm where we saw the way solar panels are being used to create an irrigation system, allowing crops to grow when it’s not the rainy season. Third, we saw a maize mill where corn is ground to make flour, and the warehouse where excess is stored to help get through the lean months. Finally, we visited Libwalo Village, where we were welcomed so warmly, with lots of smiles, and singing and dancing. We were able participate in a goat pass-on ceremony. When VIP gives a family a goat, they have to pass on one of its kids to another vulnerable family. Today, we saw the ceremony where one family gives another the new goat, with so much joy. We also helped to give the goats de-worming medication, which was quite interesting. A meal was prepared for us, and it was delicious!
In all of our stops, I could see directly how people’s lives had been changed. The women of the village sang a song as we left that I feel speaks volumes for the impact VIP has had in Malawi. The lyrics roughly translated go as follows: “before VIP, we were sad, but now we are happy.” I feel so blessed to be here!