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Giving Tuesday is November 30th!
Consider Bridges to Malawi this holiday season. Here's an update on our programs and what your contribution will support in 2022. 
We're now on Venmo! Find us at @BridgesToMalawi. Donations can also be made via check made out to "Bridges to Malawi" at 7 Curley Drive, Hudson, MA. 01749.  Or, click the Donate button below to give via PayPal. 100% of donated funds go directly to our programs.  All administrative costs are paid for by Brian and Cindy.
 
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Covid-19 Update
We donated $31,600 toward six oxygen concentrators, mask production and distribution, PPE, COVID 19 public education and outreach, and handwashing stations. All told about 170,000 people benefitted from our efforts. As of November 20, 2021 new cases have stabilized. Approximately 1.3 million Covid vaccine doses have been administered, or roughly 3% of the Malawian population. 
Peter Minjale, our main partner in Malawi and head of our sister organization K2TASO, got very sick from COVID in February and ended up in the ICU at Kasungu District Hospital (KDH).  Fortunately, Peter recovered and is feeling well!  
Medical Mission Trip Update
Due to COVID we were not able to host a medical mission trip in 2020 or 2021.  We hope to resume our high school contest in January of 2022 and our medical mission trip in April of 2022, Covid cases permitting.
Dairy Project
To date 17 heifers have calved! All of these animals were impregnated by artificial insemination techniques introduced by us and funded by a single generous donor. The cows are producing an average of 13 liters of milk per day, sufficient to quadruple the income of our cow donation beneficiaries! We are in the process of buying  30 more Holsteins or Friesian heifers.  Each cow costs $500 and we could certainly use your help reaching our goal.

We are awaiting the arrival of a 2000 liter milk chilling tank and a milk pasteurizing/processing system.  We hope to help our dairy cooperative beneficiaries as well as our own demonstration project sell milk directly to consumers.  The plan is to make our Kadsikizi dairy project self-sustaining.  We intend for this “best practices” farm to ultimately become a sort of agricultural college.  The Malawi government is already sending veterinary students to visit us and learn from what we’re doing.
Community Animal Health Workers
Cows & Plougs
In 2021 we paid for the education of 18 community animal healthcare workers as well as the medications and some of the supplies they will need at a total cost of $6600.  These individuals will provide much needed help in improving and ensuring the health of all the farm animals in the Kasungu East District.

We have now donated 47 Zebu cows under our Cows & Plougs program; the farm groups that own them are thriving.  In 2021 we also donated 4 more Magoye Rippers to add to the 5 already part of our program has has drastically improved crop yields!
Chicken Pass-On
 
Since 2019 we have donated 790 chickens; providing extra protein and income for about 90 families, a total of approximately 630 people. We purchased an incubator and built a brooder building in 2021 with plans to purchase and hatch 600 eggs soon. The incubator and brooder will bring our costs down significantly from about $5 per chick to about $2 an egg. 
Hydroponics
As a result of a single donation of $10,000, we were able to construct a 24x30 foot greenhouse solar powered hydroponic demonstration project in March of 2021.  It has proven very successful in the production of lettuce; 483 heads of lettuce and 226 heads of spinach were grown from seedling to market in 4 weeks. The local farmers are very interested in this technology which requires a small fraction of the land, water and time needed to grow the same crop than in a traditional agricultural fashion. We also hope to initiate our first aquaponic system in 2022.
Reforestation & Bamboo
This year we are on track to plant 250,000 tree seeds. Since the inception of our program a few years ago, we have succeeded in planting 210,000 trees in 52 villages! $6,350 buys the planting of 250,000 tree seeds.

Approximately 65% of the bamboo we planted has survived and is doing well. Some of our oldest plants are over 12 feet high now.  Future efforts will involve more careful soil selection (less clay and more sand based) as well as possible introduction of other bamboo species.  Currently our colleagues are learning how to propagate the bamboo, but we will probably need to buy more seed or seedlings in 2022.
Wello Water Wheels
 We have now given away almost all of the 700 Wello water wheels. These Wellos make it possible for people to transport the water they need to survive from source to home by pushing a 13-gallon containerful.  They are a big hit!  
Water Cholorination
This year we began to chlorinate the drinking water of 150,000 people during the 6 month rainy season, when diarrheal illnesses become rampant due to the absence of human waste treatment infrastructure.  The resultant suffering and death from disease is both annually predictable and completely preventable.  We will only have to spend about $12,300 a year to protect all 150,000 people for the entire 6 months.
Artemisia 
Artemisia is now being grown in 53 villages and 3 large tribal areas all over the Kasungu East District, with a resultant significant drop in malaria rates because of the prophylactic anti-malarial benefits of drinking tea made from this plant’s leaves.
Internet Access & Solar Power
In 2021 we spent $7,400 to upgrade the solar power systems in the 7 secondary schools where we already had installations  AND solar powered another secondary school as well as a primary school for the first time.  Children in the newly powered primary school, which is in the town of Tchesa, are now able to study after dark at the school for the first time ever, and they are happily taking advantage of the opportunity.  There is no electricity in the area otherwise. These elementary school students will also have laptops as soon as we can get them there!
Chambwavi Girls' Dorm
This year we paid for the construction of 12 beds for the secondary school girls’ dorm we built in Chambwavi in 2019 at a cost of about $100 per bed.  We will need a total of 90 altogether, so 78 to go!
Microcredit Bank & Land Lease
We spent $538 to help 20 of our beneficiaries whose new businesses suffered from COVID related lockdowns.  This very successful project continues to make small amounts of money available to any women’s group with a viable business idea and plan.  In 2021 we have given out 214 loans to groups of 8-10 women. 183 of these loans (85%) have been paid back to date.

In 2021 we enrolled 743 farmers into the Land Lease program, which gives a group of the poorest farmers a small monthly allotment for a year. To help improve their circumstances in a good year and allow them to stay on their land in a bad one. The average group of 10 farmers receives $140 annually.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our programs!  Please go to our website bridgestomalawi.org to learn more.
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