The Role of Fruits in Agricultural Diversification

Most households in rural Malawi depend on agricultural diversification for food and income generation. In order to make the most out of farming , the households will always diversify crops they grow so that when the weather is not favourable for one crop the other crop should supplement. With the ever increasing population, it is […]


Challenges in Agriculture

An update from Wellings Mwalabu  Case study of Ms Sijaya Makawa: She is aged 42 and single . She is a peasant farmer and vulnerable in the community because she does not have many alternatives to promote and protect her livelihoods as a single mother. She has five children that she needs to support in […]


My Experience on this Year’s Trip

Wow. Wow, that is the only word that can describe my experience on this years trip. It was my first time back in six years so i had the perspective of seeing the amazing progress and impact on the lives of the people on the Zomba Plain in the district of Sakata. Six years ago […]

Phillip Beachy

A trip that can reinforce & encourage growth – Phillip Beachy

              How did I choose to go?  How did I end up going to Malawi in the summer of 2012?  How did I decide to spend the money? Especially with the expenses of sending my daughter to college coming up.  Couldn’t the money be used in a better way?  Should I commit the time? […]

Dick Fitzpatrick

A world unlike any – Dick Fitzpatrick

  My Friendship Trip to Malawi was a life altering experience.  From the moment that I checked my bag and boarded the plane, I was filled with a sense of pride and appreciation that I was given the strength and courage to participate in an experience that was out of my typical comfort zone. My arrival in […]

Judy Haas

Every day a new adventure – Judy Haas

I was serving on our church’s Missions (Outreach) commission when Liz and Stephen Heinzel-Nelson first came to tell us about V.I.P.  They had just arrived home from their year-long experience in Malawi, and we got excited about the idea of partnering with them, and sending people on the Friendship Trips.  I was deeply touched by […]

Water Walk

Water Walk 2014

The Water Walk is the largest fundraiser for VIP. Last year’s WW raised over $35,000. The 2014 dates are set for Friday evening May 2 – Saturday, May 3.

Colleen Earp

I think of Malawi every day – Colleen Earp

  My visit to Malawi in 2010 was incredibly moving, and I still think about it every day. I traveled with a team from several other churches, people I had only met once briefly before. There were so many obvious differences between southern Malawi and my home in southern New Jersey– the language, the homes, […]

Gayle Anderson

A life changing experience – Gayle Anderson

Our family had been searching for a way to make a meaningful contribution in a place where need is great.  When we first heard about Villages in Partnership through a fellow church member, we were initially cautious about taking our 12-year old daughter and 15-year old son to Malawi. We are so grateful that God led […]

Randa Nelson drawing water from the well with village women.

A Leap of Faith – Randa Nelson

I definitely went in blind my first trip…I went alone and met up with a group of individuals that I had never met before, I had no idea what I would be actually doing when there, AND I was not well traveled at all! I just took the leap of faith and it changed my […]

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