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I am currently working on a charity project for Malawi Africa with sustainable home builder, Earthship Biotecture, and non-profit Empower Malawi to build a sustainable community center for the people of Malawi.

Malawi is a landlocked nation in Sub-Saharan Africa bordering Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Malawi population of 15.8 million people mainly live in rural areas and grapple with a wide range of socio-economic and environmental challenges. The UN Human Development Report 2010 ranks Malawi as the 17th poorest country in the world. Malawi has a national electrification rate of 7%. This is far lower in rural regions. Malawi poverty headcount is estimated at 40%, with Life expectancy at 52.2 years and adult HIV prevalence is estimated to be 10.2%.The closest bank in Mzimba is currently over 50 kms away. This self-identified need for a sustainable source of capital lead to the collaborative decision to develop a regional community bank for 38 villages.

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The region has no access to electricity and has poor sanitation, healthcare access (closest clinic 15 kms, major hospital 200 km) and the closest bank and market is over 60 kms away.

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The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to be the first of its kind in the area and will become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in South East Mzimba district East Mzimba district in Malawi.

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The Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a secure community bank, a library, a dispensary for medical services and supplies, administration offices, classrooms for teaching children and adults, and a local food bank to develop food security. All of these are that do not exist for the people of Mizimba, Malawi and the surrounding areas.

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The most important aspect of this project is that we will not be building the entire community center for Malawi, but only building 2 of an 8 room community center in order to educate the people of Malawi on how to be self-reliant and sustainable.

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We only have 30 days to raise 13,000USD! Every little bit helps!


At the moment, we are having a art contest to help spread awareness about Malawi Africa and to inspire people to make art.

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We would be extremely grateful and honored if you would be willing to share our cause!

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me directly.

Thank you so much for your time!!!

Have a great day!

Many Blessings!

Justin Lee Henson

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"We have the potential to enhance the planet. Trees enhance the planet. People could go further. We could make the Earth sing."

- Michael Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture

Originally posted to TheHensonAscension on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by More and Better Democracies.

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