Scholar-Athlete Initiative Update

Noel provides an update on our  scholar-athlete initiative and explains the opportunity it provides to for us to inspire and develop young people both academically and athletically. He also gives an update on Humphrey Mahowa and Benjamin Tembo, two young men that have received scholarships at an American college through our efforts. To support our work go to chisomoidea.com/give

Disaster Response

Disaster Response

Dear friends and family,

As some of you may already know, the country of Malawi is experiencing one of the worst disasters in its history. Over a third of the country has experienced heavy rains and such furious winds leading to an overwhelming flood. It is reported that so far 176 people have died and at least 200,000 are displaced. You can follow the story here.

HOW WE ARE RESPONDING
Our ministry center in Thyolo has been affected by the Flood so our team has decided to focus our leaders in that village to relief work. Below is how you can participate in their work:
1. Donate Items
-You can bring clothes, drinking water, food, detergents, and medicine to the Chisomo Idea office in Area 3, Lilongwe. Our office is located along Livingstonia Avenue right before the Bishop Mackenzie main gate behind the Musicha residence.
2. Give Financially
-If you are in Malawi, make checks payable to The Chisomo Idea and put Disaster Relief in the memo and bring the check to the office above
-If you are overseas, you can give on the Chisomo Idea website here or make checks payable to The Chisomo Idea and put “Disaster Relief “in the memo. Mail checks to 8838 Spectrum Center Blvd, San Diego , CA 92123, USA.

All donations collected will go directly to the people affected by the flood under our strict supervision.

Sincerely,

Chisomo Idea Team

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Isaac Ortiz! Winner of the1970 Brazil #10 Pele Signed Jersey!

Additional prize winners are:

  • Gene Smithburg
  • Phyllis & Jack Holmlund
  • Nianoah
  • Keola Pang
  • Linnet Edasi
  • Prolisko Igor
  • Josh Cordero
  • Chris Cline
  • Carlos Rodriguez
  • Scott Dreher
  • Scott Dreher
  • Marsela Jakupi
  • Irma Lee
  • Henry Duke

*(winners above will be contacted by Chisomo Idea)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle and donated to Chisomo Idea through it.

 

Visit the Chisomo Idea merchandise table at Flood’s Christmas Collective on Sunday, Dec. 7th to enter our raffle! All proceeds from the raffle will go to kids programs in Malawi, Africa.

Pele Jersey
First Place Price: 1970 Brazil #10 Jersey signed by 3X World Cup Winner Pele

 

Stocking CapScarf Cup

Other prizes includes Chisomo Idea T-Shirts and US Soccer Gear!

Humphrey’s First Update From The US

Humphrey Mahowa, originally from Chisapo, Malawi, has received a full athletic scholarship to play soccer at Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. Interviewing Humphrey is Jack Holmund, who first met Humphrey in Malawi and alerted coaches at Master’s college of Humphrey’s talent. Jack really helped get the process moving forward to get Humphrey the opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship and pursue continued education at the collegiate level. For that, Humphrey and the entire Chisomo Idea team are incredibly grateful. Stay tuned for more updates regarding Humphrey, as the season and school year progress.

 

 

#NO2CLASSISEM – A Deeper Look

In this incredibly intimate video shot and edited by Taylor Miller,  Noel takes a deeper look at what it means to say “No to classism “. Even when people are provided a means and understanding to help themselves out of poverty, there is still a barrier to contend with, a flaw in the system that cannot go unaddressed. That flaw involves all of us. That flaw is classism or class discrimination. Success is not a zero-sum game, there is room for all of humanity to thrive. But, we must speak up if there is to be change. We must believe, communicate, and live out a different way of life that is not only possible, but necessary. Will you speak up? #NOTOCLASSISEM

KUMUDZI

KUMUDZI

KUMUDZI
/Koo-moo-dzee/ meaning:  A traditional village where one comes from.  This is a Chichewa word for an African concept that might only make sense in an African context.

WHAT IT IS:
Kumudzi kwanu is a creative program built to inspire and encourage a generation of young Malawians to fight poverty in their local villages.  The program is built around the concept of asset-based community development where local resources and infrastructures are foundational to progress.

HOW IT WORKS:
+Young men and women from the city inspire their family members to take on the challenge of addressing issues that affect their village communities.

+The initiative focuses on a range of programs including but not limited to mentoring, sports development, small businesses, health education, leadership development, civic education or gender equality.

+The initiative starts and operates for 6 months then Chisomo Idea provides seed money in the form of a grant to help propel the ripples created.  No money exchanges hands until villagers have made progress on their own initiative.

+The Chisomo Idea team evaluates the effectiveness of programs bi-annually and works with the program leader to make any improvements necessary.

+Project leaders get together on a quarterly basis to address challenges and share best practices.

+The effectiveness of the program is based on qualitative and quantitative goals set by village leaders together with the Chisomo team.

For more info:  Cosmas Phiri, cosphiri@yahoo.com

#‎NO2CLASSISM‬

#‎NO2CLASSISM‬

This is an internal letter within the Chisomo Idea movement as we re-imagine the struggle against poverty.  For your eyes, but for our thoughts only.

BLUE PRINT TO RECOVERY:  Personal, Community Health and Wholeness

I have no doubt that you guys are some of the most creative and forward thinking people I have met in my life.  Question:  How far do you want to take your innovative spirit? I have been taking a journey towards physical, financial, and spiritual healing lately and I want to talk to us particularly about physical healing.  What would it look like if we committed to being the the healthiest movement considering whatever it is that we all are living with health-wise?  What would the margin of profitability look like in the hours that we give to humanity?

We work in a culture where a lot of people are sick and they suffer not only from whatever is affecting them but also the psychology of the stigma associated with it.  That is bondage in its purest form.  What would it look like if we all spurred one another towards good health allowing Jesus to speak to every single chain that is unshackled in this area.  How passionate would we become as we speak about health in places like Chinsapo.

I noticed this in America, people are going from Coffee to Wine to other more fierce substances to keep functionality.  Nothing wrong with some of those elements, but what is wrong is the reliance that we put on them. Is it possible that Jesus, the protector of our deepest joy wants us to live free so we can imagine passionately, hope furiously, and create relentlessly.

What is the point of calling anyone Lord if he has no say in the health of our bodies?

Think about it:
-We all know that one choir master that is dying of Aids [theoretical language]
-We all know people that are not feeling well that never go to the hospital
-We all know bosses that are sleeping with their employees

I wonder if there is a way to walk through these issues.  Not in a way that gets accusatory and more stigmatizing but in a way that inspires freedom and as Jesus says, “life that is truly lives”

Ideas:
-Create a get fit day where we get together at ABC [those overseas on their own?] for physical activities…Break them up into stages base on where people are
-Consider what it might look like to partner with a clinic like ABC to provide reduced health insurance to our mentors and management team.

Start praying and if the Lord prompts you, start taking small steps and if the Lord prompts you further, start talking to people you trust…Don’t talk about “they” and “them.”  Talk about only you….

Here is a starting question:  “In the light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?” [Andy Stanley]

#ChisomoIdeaBluePrintToRecovery#NO2CLASSISeM

Sincerely,

Our family to our family.


 

A MANIFESTO FOR THE MATERIALLY POOR is a conversation you can/should contribute to.  Here is where we wanted to start.  This does not have to be fancy.  Just sincere.  Where it all lands is now completely up to you.

-It is WRONG for the rich [including amwenye] to mistreat their poor workers.

 

-It is WRONG for our churches to divide up in Chichewa and English services [if and when] what we mean is service for the poor and service for the rich

 

-It is WRONG for aid workers to get rich at the expense of the poor

 

-It is WRONG for the rich to cut in line in banks while the poor wait in line for hours

 

-It is WRONG for politicians to steal money from the poor and keep asking them for their vote

 

-It is WRONG for the rich to talk about the poor when they never talk to the poor

 

-It is WRONG for churches to build multi-million homes while the people they are serving are starving

 

-It is WRONG for our people to leave our country to seek greener pastures and never invest in communities and lives back home

 

-It is WRONG to mistreat people from your village simply because they are from the village

 

WE MUST CHANGE.  WE MUST CHANGE STARTING IN 2014.  NO POLITICAL PARTY OR LEADER IS GOING TO ULTIMATELY DO THIS FOR US.  THE PEOPLE [mainly in privilege] HAVE TO WANT CHANGE.

 

In 2014, enter the struggle. Be a part of a creative process to make a difference by:

 

1.  Joining www.chisomoidea.com/kumudzi

 

2.  Saying #NO2CLASSISəM in your own life

 

3.  Joining the conversation on Facebook:  The Chisomo Idea

 

www.chisomoidea.com


Dearest Chisomo friend,

I have a dream.  Scratch that.  We have a dream.  We have witnessed the evils of classism and realized that like racism, it is the platform that poverty uses to divide and torture the vast majority of our communities.  So just like activists of old, we dream of a more equal society.  We dream of a nation where charity becomes more and more obsolete because more and more people have access.  We dream of a culture of kinship where the things that keep our materially poor brothers and sisters up at night become the things that keep us up at night.  NO TO CLASS DISCRIMINATION is our battle cry for 2014.  However, in order for us to live that dream out loud, we need to know that we have your backing.

For the last 7 years we have used what we “have” to create programs that have proved to work.  We have experimented with scholarships for youth, mentoring, tutoring, small businesses, etc.  We have been honest about our failures and celebrated our success with everyone that has payed attention.  We are very thankful for those of you that have journeyed with us through this process.

Now, as we gear up to enter 2014, we need you more than ever.  As you close out your year, would you consider giving a tax-deductible financial gift that will help propel our movement in the new year.  We have put the list of our 2014 needs so you know where your money is going but we also sincerely ask you to trust us and try to give without condition so we can allocate the resources as strategically as possible.

We will be glad if our request meets with your favorable consideration.

Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Noel, Melissa and the Chisomo Idea Tribe.
www.chisomoidea.com

List of Needs
-Scholar Athlete sponsorship, $200 per student per year
-College Scholar Athletes, $1,000 per year
-Operations, $12,000
-Village sponsorship program, $10,000 a year for 10 villages
-Street School academic program, $5,000
-Income generating business, $30,000
-Finishing our soccer and community development academy, $60,000

What generosity did in 2013
-Helped mentor and develop over 1,000 kids and youth in 4 Chisomo Idea locations
-Helped start small businesses
-Helped to further build our academy infrastructure
-Helped send kids and youth to school
-Helped transport mentors to locations where they make a difference
-Helped run leadership conferences


Our latest letter is written by one of the girls that are participating in our movement, Lora Samson.  We try to maintain the integrity of the letters by not editing them too much unless if we feel like you might not be able to understand some of the things that are said in them.  Enjoy and share.

For reference, here is how our story in Chinsapo started:  http://vimeo.com/38287939

Dear Chisomo Family, My name is Joseph Malikebu. The Chinsapo community calls me “Wemba.” I am the head coach at the Chisomo Idea academy in the community that I was raised in. The Chisomo Idea has changed my relationship with the youth and kids in my community. The trust and responsibility given to me as the coach over the years has reminded me to lead an exemplary life because I know that I am a role model to the youth and kids. My spiritual life has also changed drastically. I have realized that my success if found in the life that I live with Jesus. Because of this, I am thankful to Chisomo for what the movement is doing in my community but also in other parts of Malawi. Thank you so much for what you have done. Zikomo kwambili, Joseph

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work: 1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give 2.  Help us raise $60,000 This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you. Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.



Dear friends of Chisomo, I am Kumbukani Chinoko, in form 2 at Bell secondary school. I would like to write this letter to talk about how the chisomo idea helped me… I was not a church goer and hated christianity up to the extent that I became part of ”zinyawu” (some weird traditional spiritism cult) but this great movement encouraged me to start going to church and my spiritual life has been strongly built since. One other thing that i love about chisomo idea are the scholarships that are given to my friends in the academy i beg the fans of chisomo that they should not stop.. Lastly i thank the team for the training kit that they gave me and that they should continue reaching out to others too..

Thank you so much, Kumbukani

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000 This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you. Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


I have been with chisomo idea since last year. I dont even know where to start from to thank this movement of how it has impacted my life in a more positive way. I hated school, I saw school as a threat to my social life. As a result i never attended classes even though my parents paid fees for me. I joined bad company and drinking was all we knew. My life took a turn last year when a friend introduced me to chisomo idea soccer.. The more i was coming for training at the ground, the more the mentors would encourage me to go back to school. I wanted to go back to school but my parents could no longer afford to pay fees for me and i regretted the time i wasted. But Hey! Chisomo idea has come to my rescue for am under the schorlaship programme now, and i promise to work hard in school. Lastly chisomo idea has taught me love…How to love my friends for i see how the mentors portray love to us.. Thank you so much.

Lora

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000 This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you. Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


 

Dear friend,

Thank you for allowing me to share.

Chisomo idea has helped me see life in a whole new way. Like for instance that yoo don’t always need to wait to have lots of money to make a difference, but that you can use what you have to help others. Even if it is just making time or providing friendship to someone.   As a Christian I have learnt not only to seek a better future for myself but also for others as well.  The movement has certainly influenced me to become a better person.
I invite you to join and be part of it.

Sincerely,
Emily Shaba

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY
This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000
This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you.

Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


Dear Chisomo Idea Supporter,

Who knew that a movement like Chisomo Idea would change me to be who I am now?

Well, I am Sellah Singini.  Right now am pursuing  my career in Accounting.  I became part of Chisomo Idea just 3 months ago and my life has completely changed as if i have been here for decades.

When I saw how God is working miracles in the lives of many in Chinsapo through the help of this movement, it really touched me, more especially seeing the sacrifices that fellow mentors and great leaders were doing. My spiritual life was completely changed and I began to value each and every penny/resource I can get my hands on, knowing that there are kids out there in the outskirts of Chinsapo who need all the extra stuff or the things I consider ”useless” to sustain themselves.

I am proud to be part of the change in our communities, and you know what’s even better? It doesn’t require you to have money to help others but the knowledge, skill, talent and wisdom that our God gave us can transform our communities. If I can be part of the change, what are you waiting for?

Invest in others and God will surely bless you.

Thanks for letting me share,

Sellah Singini

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY
This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000
This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you.

Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


See our latest letter below.  It was written by our very first college scholar-athlete.  He is also the reason we started the Chisomo Idea academy in Chinsapo, Malawi.  Here also is his story via video: http://vimeo.com/38287939 Enjoy!

Dear Chisomo Idea Supporter,

My name is Huphrey Mahowa.  I am from Chinsapo, Malawi.  Please allow me to share a little bit of my experience with the Chisomo Idea Movement.

Chisomo Idea made me realize that I am a talented soccer player and that it’s not only soccer that’s in me but also what that means to Chinsapo community and the whole Malawi. I know that school and soccer can’t be separated, they go together.

I have also been equipped on how to be a faithful leader among fellow talented young people and try to change their lives. God is using me to preach to hundreds of people through soccer and that has changed my life completely. Am passionate about serving God and bringing assurance to the young people that God has a purpose for our lives no matter what tough times come our way. I have also learned to have the spirit of wanting to give back to the community in terms of knowledge and skills because I know I don’t deserve this.

Thanks for letting me share,

Humph Mahowa
PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY
This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000
This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give. If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you.

Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


Dear friend of Chisomo,

Chisomo Idea has been so influential in my life, I have learned a lot of things from this movement. It has taught me that you don’t need to have a lot of money to help someone but the little you have can bring an impact on someones life.

This movement has also taught me to live for others and not only think of myself and my achievements. I now know that I am blessed to be a blessing to someone else. Through this movement i have learned not to hold on to the little knowledge I have or the little things I have because they can be influential to someone else.It has taught me true leadership that leadership is not only about telling people what to do but it is about mentor-ship, and also being a servant to the people you are leading.

Above all Chisomo idea has impacted my spiritual life. I have passion in sharing the gospel to the kids so that they can grow spiritually. Chisomo Idea is a movement which has influenced my life so much, my life has not been the same since i joined this ministry.

Thank you for letting me share,

Wezi Chilongo

PS:  See below on how you can continue to support our work:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY
This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000
This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give.  If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you.

Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.


Dear friend-

Greetings from Malawi.

I am convinced that a small group of committed people can change [a lot of lives].  This is not an ideal built out of empty optimism, it is a conclusion made out of human observation.  In fact, I have seen it in my own life.  When people have stuck out their necks and commit an act of generosity on my behalf, that act has always moved something in me.  Generosity can not NOT change people.

A Malawian Soccer Coach, Young Chimodzi, noticed my talent as a teenager and put his reputation on the line to try me in the Malawian Super League [Malawi’s top division].  That act changed the trajectory of my life.  Then  a college coach, Kevin Elwell, heard about my talent and decided to take a risk on me and brought me to the US.  That move has shaped who I am today.  My whole life has been different acts of people sacrificing to make things happen on my behalf.  I feel I am a man paid in full and Chisomo Idea is my way of saying thanks to everyone.  I am sure this is the case for my co-founder, Melissa, and the rest of our team.

I can go on and on about that but I want to get to the point.  I am asking you to take a risk on behalf of my friends in Malawi.  There is one guarantee that comes with this challenge:  The people we are helping will never repay us.

Here is how you can do that…
In the past 6 years my friends and I have given financially from our limited resources to make a lot of dreams a reality.  We will continue to do so.  However, in order for us to realize the vision that will move us into the next generation, we need your support.  Please consider doing one of these two things:

1.  Become ONE OF THE TWENTY
This is a crew of 20 people that are committed to giving a monthly tax-deductible gift to Chisomo Idea to make sure that our incredible volunteer team can continue to carry our vision forward.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give

2.  Help us raise $60,000
This will help us finish the next phase of our multi-purpose complex which is part of our Sports and Community Development Academy in Malawi, Theater of Dreams.  This infrastructure will be used for Tutoring, Mentoring, Mobile Medical Clinics, as well as other community meetings.  Sign up or give here:  www.chisomoidea.com/give.  If you do chose to host an event to help make this goal or part of it a reality, we can provide the needed materials to you.

Thank you in advance for helping out in these areas.  Our team cannot do the work we do without your generosity.

With love,

Noel Musicha
For The Chisomo Idea Team
Cell:  619-206-9804
NoelMusicha@DiveintoFlood.com
www.chisomoidea.com