#‎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

THEATER OF DREAMS SPORTS ACADEMY

THEATER OF DREAMS SPORTS ACADEMY

THEATER OF DREAMS SPORTS ACADEMY

ACADEMY VISION VIDEO

CREATE AN UNUSUAL TOMORROW…

PROJECT PURPOSE
To use grassroots soccer development as a way of highlighting and unleashing the potential that exists in Chinsapo to inspire the community in the fight against poverty.

KEY VALUABLES
Scholar Athlete Program

One of the biggest problems with sports inspired development in Africa is the lack of parental involvement.  To many parents, the pursuit of sports as a career is just a distraction from academic development.  Many parents have seen their kids follow a sports career path that ultimately led to nothing either due to their kid getting injured or to a mere lack of opportunities.  This is why we introduced the scholar athlete program.

Mentoring Program The primal essence of our mentoring philosophy is simple–  LIFE ON LIFE.  Yes, we are still a little old fashioned in that way.  We believe that if you can put older, experienced, and committed athletes in the same setting with younger, aspiring, and committed athletes, AMAZING THINGS can happen.  At the moment, our mentoring program is masterminded by students from The African Bible College who go to Chinsapo every week to promote the welfare of the kids in our program.

Leadership Development Program We do this because we know that everything rises and falls on leadership.  If we are going to make a difference in Chinsapo, we have to train and empower local leaders who will be motivated to bring change to their community.  There is no question that they will be even more motivated than we are.

Girls Soccer Program Started and doing very well.  The girls have so far won a few games and one Championship.

Boys Soccer Program We have 4 boys teams, U-12, U-14, U-17 and U-20.  All of them are doing a good job.  The U-14 has so far already won 2 Championships. We have also exported 5 players that are on the books for Malawi’s top division league. 

Netball Program Netball is one of the most important female sports in Malawi.  The Malawi National Netball team is ranked 5th in the World.  Our netball team is in its infant stages but it has show a lot of promise. 

Business Program Some of the mothers whose kids are a part of our soccer program get a chance to receive a small loan from Chisomo.  So far we have 7 women that are part of this program.  One of the women is already repaying back her loan.

MEASURING SUCCESS
Other than looking at how much activity we are a part of in Chinsapo, we will measure the success of our project by looking at the following valuables:

Tangible
+Number of youth that end up playing soccer at a higher level beyond Chinsapo

+Number of youth that end up graduating from High School [Secondary School]

+Number of mentors involved in our project

+Number of community service hours that our youth invest in the community

+Number of parents that are partnering with us

+Number of people in the area that are inspired by our movement to go and start something unique

+++MOST IMPORTANTLY: How well our students end up treating their wives/husbands or their children once they get to be parents and fathers.  We are always educating for the future.


Intangible

+General community receptivity of our programs

+General community association to the Chisomo brand

+Partnerships formed with the chiefs and other leaders in Chinsapo


IMMEDIATE NEXT STEPS

+Starting a boys soccer program

+Starting a girls soccer program that will work alongside the boys soccer program

+Locking down space for soccer fields [working with chiefs]

+Locking down a building for a sports-specific thrift store [working with local businessmen]

+Locking down space for a township-style movie theater

+Formalizing our scholar-athlete program by adding students to the fund

+Launching the hair dressing salon business to help our head coach’s wife with a family income

+Formalizing our mentoring program with the ABC Soccer team

CHISOMO MISSION STATEMENT
The Chisomo Idea is an African-born global grassroots movement connecting the privileged young (and young at heart) to issues of poverty in Africa and providing them with a framework for action.


 

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INVESTING IN GIRLS

INVESTING IN GIRLS

The fact that most developmental programs around the world are biased towards men is true.  The fact that an investment in a woman is the truest investment in a family and community is true.  The fact that among people that are at risk in the world, an African teenage girl is the most vulnerable is also arguably true.

GIRLS FOOTBALL

Our girls team is having a blast.  We just won our first Championship and we are looking forward to many more. Our goal, however, continues to be the same CREATE THE FUTURE.  We all understand and we all agree that while championships may be inspiring a vibrant community is way more inspiring.  We want to do more than win, we want to be better daughters, sisters, and eventually better mothers.

GIRLS NETBALL

Netball is played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. The sport is a variation of basketball and it is very popular among the commonwealth countries with over 20 million players in over 60 countries.

Currently, the Malawi Netball Team ranks 5th in the World.

Support the programs by donating on our GIVE page,  www.chisomoidea.com/give.

CHISOMO SCHOLARSHIPS

CHISOMO SCHOLARSHIPS

CHISOMO SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The logic is simple.  Many experts have argued about the effectiveness of some of the programs that organizations and people groups implement in third world countries but few can argue about the importance of education.  While in the first world the education narrative centers around college, in many developing countries kids struggle to make it to and through secondary school [high school] often due to lack of tuition and fees.  We are not so out of touch to think that we can send all of those kids through school but we can do something.

SCHOLAR ATHLETE FUND
One of the biggest problems with sports inspired development in Africa is the lack of parental involvement.  To many parents the pursuit of sports as a career is just a distraction from academic development.  Many parents have seen their kids follow a sports career path that ultimately led to nothing either due to their kid getting injured and not being able to play anymore or just due to a mere lack of opportunities.  This is why we introduced the scholar athlete program.

Program Vision:
The vision of the scholar athlete program is to encourage Chisomo athletes to work hard and continue to improve academically by rewarding students that do.  Our desire is that the pursuit of academics will encourage parents to engage in the development work that Chisomo continues to do in communities.

How it Works:
10 athletes are selected to be part of the program each semester.  Some of the students get their education covered for the whole year while other students get help with school supplies, school uniforms, etc.  The students are selected on the basis of grade improvement, development in character, improvement in their sport, and degree of need.  Each semester our mentors decide which athletes they think should get the scholarships.

Chisomo Idea 2011-2012 Scholar Athletes:
-Mike Jamali
-Yusuf Ali
-Jamali Ali
-Awalu Ali
-Chester Chamwala
-Sofi Issah
-Thokozani Banda
-Austin Kasitomu
-Lazarus Phiri
-Edward Potfar Likoswe [Mboma]

GLY JONES SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARD

This is the first of a kind scholarship fund given to 6 of our scholar athletes.  It was administered by Glyn Jones Private Secondary School in Chinsapo, Malawi.

2012 Student List:

-Samalani Daniel

-Milliward Harrison

-Mathews Mathayo

-Charles Phiri

-Judith Gama

-Omegar James

WATCH THE ENCOUNTER THAT STARTED IT ALL

THE SIMPLE TRUTH:

*Many of us spend in one night what a kid in Malawi can use to go to school for the entire year.  This is not supposed to make you feel guilty, it is supposed to help you imagine.

YOUR OPTIONS:

*School fees and tuition:  Around $15 per term plus other fees which will add up to about $65 a year since there are 3 terms in a year  [This is the minimum number]

*School supplies and other necessities:  $35 a year [This is what you can add]

GET INVOLVED:

*Donate through our Paypal account online. Click the ONE TIME or RECURRING donation button on the right.  Please indicate SCHOLARSHIP FUND for your funds to go towards this program.

*To get involved in the CHISOMO Scholarship fund please email Derek Hess, derek@chisomoidea.com OR call 925-408-6311

ABOUT THE FILM: DON’T WRITE ME OFF

ABOUT THE FILM: DON’T WRITE ME OFF

AN AFRICAN CONFRONTS AFRICA

DONT WRITE ME OFF Teaser from Matthew Forrey on Vimeo.

In the summer of 2007, a group of friends from California took a venture trip to Malawi, Africa.  The trip was masterminded by a Californian soccer player, Noel Musicha, who was born and raised in the privileged parts of the country [Malawi].  “DON’T WRITE ME OFF” is the Channel O style documentation of Noel’s story colliding with the story of a young aspiring soccer player [Humphrey Mahowa] who  grew up in a less-privileged part of the country.  The story unfolds in the township of Chinsapo, the outskirts of the capital, Lilongwe, and presents a unique perspective of Africa through the eyes of an African.

“DON’T WRITE ME OFF,” Privilege and Poverty comes FACE to FACE

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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Program Description:

The primal essence of our mentoring philosophy is simple–  LIFE ON LIFE.  Yes, we are still a little old fashioned in that way.  We believe that if you can put older, experienced, and committed athletes in the same setting with younger, aspiring, and committed athletes, amazing things can happen.  At the moment, our mentoring program is masterminded by students from The African Bible College who go to our Chinsapo Academy every week to promote the welfare of the kids in our program.

Our 2011-2012 Mentors
Lovemore Chisale
Mphatso Sandram
Oscar Zebron
Brian M’buka
Fletcher Chisalipo
Jimmy Phiri
Tionge Matengula
Charles Kadwa
Sandram Phiri
Richard Maguare
Innocent Ng’oma
Aaron Chiwambo Banda
Meke Mwase

THUMBS UP!

THUMBS UP!

We use this page to share cool stories and honor the creativity that makes the CHISOMO MOVEMENT work…

Our friends from Castro Valley First Baptist Church have always been great to us.  This summer they came to Malawi to hang out with us again.  We appreciate the sacrifices they make to stand alongside the poor in our country.  We give THUMBS WAY UP to them.

We also look to inspire young people to make a difference around the globe.  Case in point:  Joyce McRae organized her High School friends and other friends to do a car wash for kids in Malawi.  One seemingly simple but creative event raised over $430.  The fundraiser was for Chisomo’s 60/60 CAMPAIGN.  See 3 minute campaign video:  http://vimeo.com/40731819 Find out more on www.chisomoidea.com Thumbs Waaaaay Up, Joyce.  Thumbs up Kiana Lee.  Thumbs up Students From the Break at Keany High.  Thumbs up parents and other adults who helped.

 

Callie Megargle and Lauren White took initiative to do a YARD SALE for our 60/60 CAMPAIGN.  Their act couldn’t have reflected the essence of Chisomo Idea more.  Chisomo is the power of dreams in the hands of the people.  It is us being witnesses of  the execution of those dreams.  Chisomo is a people so liberated they don’t feel the need to over-think anything. …The YARD SALE raised $550 which in effect is buying 550 bricks, a lot of bricks.  We are very inspired by Callie and Lauren’s creative and catalytic spirit. …Here is a 3 minute campaign video to help you understand what’s going on:  http://vimeo.com/40731819 Remember, “Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.” — Shane Claiborne. Thumbs Way Up, friends!

…And then there is Marissa DeHerrera and Johnny Volk.  They work, they volunteer in youth ministry, and they are recently engaged so they can’t possibly have a ton of time.  So where did they get the time to organize one of the best soccer equipment drives in our history?  We don’t know.  All we know is that they have made a case for generosity that will forever leave a mark in our lives. Thumbs Waaayyyyy Up, Friends!

We are very grateful to Razzio Ruff Riders in Salt Lake City, Utah,  for making such a massive contribution to our work in Malawi.  The team, under the leadership of Jeremiah Bailey, created a drive that contributed over 40 pairs of soccer boots for our boys and girls in Malawi.  If you are in Salt Lake City and you were wondering what club your kids should be playing for, now you know. Thumbs Way Up, RAZZIO RUFF RIDERS

When someone broke into our house a few days ago, the cop investigating the case said, “obviously if the person took a few pairs of shoes from this house, you definitely wouldn’t have noticed.”  Initially I [Noel] was shocked by the comment because I thought the dude was just taking a cheap shot at my collection of shoes.  I do have quite a few colorful shoes and I often take some stick from my buddies especially for their obscure colors…This is me admitting that I need some help. To my relief, however, the cop was not talking about my shoes.  He was talking about the 35 pairs of soccer boots that our neighbor, Pam, collected during her Utah Christmas vacation for our soccer academy in Malawi…I think a case can be made that the greatest gift you can give to an African kid outside of things life clean water, of course, is a pair of soccer shoes.  In fact, growing up, I would have chosen a pair of soccer shoes ahead of clean water at any day which is why I am so grateful for my neighbor. Pam, THANK YOU SO MUCH, for partnering with us to do what to a Malawian kid is UNTHINKABLE.  You will never know what this means to us and to our friends in Malawi. TWO THUMBS WAY UP!!

[Mrs Lipita the owner of the school pictured receiving a gift from her son, Goodwin.]

THUMBS UP TO THE LIPITA FAMILY IN MALAWI

Since the beginning of The Chisomo Idea, a little over 4 years ago, we have been blown away by how well everyday people have stepped up to make an impact in the lives of others.  We have literally seen people of all ages, from 8 year olds making and selling pancakes for the cause to 90 year olds using their ordinary gifts to make a difference.  The latest in this line of ordinary difference makers is the Lipita family in Malawi.  The Lipitas own Glyn Jones Secondary School close to Chinsapo, Malawi, and when they heard about our scholar-athlete program, they stepped in to do something extraordinary.  They pledged and are now following through with their pledge to give full scholarships to 6 of our athletes.  If you think about how much of a burden that lessens on a typically large Malawian family, you will understand the extent the of this contribution…between now and when you figure out the math, know that the contribution is MASSIVE. THUMBS UP to the Lipitas and THUMBS WAY UP to Falles Lipita [see home page feature picture on the right], a long time fan of ours, for making the connection. Falles, we couldn’t have done this without you.

THUMBS UP TO FREE FLOW SOCCER CLUB, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Soccer uniforms are very hard to come by in Africa.  This is why we are very grateful to our friends at FREE FLOW SOCCER for donating a bunch to us.    When the San Diego club was switching names from San Diego Spirit, they decided to give 7 of their spirit kits to our girls and boys teams in Malawi. …Thank you Jason Aldous for facilitating this on our behalf and thank you FREE FLOW SOCCER for letting us share in your generosity. By the way, if you or your son or daughter is considering joining a club in San Diego, we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND Free Flow not just because of their donation but certainly because we believe in their philosophy.  Find out more about them on www.freeflowsoccer.com Thumbs Waaaaaaaaay Up, friends!!

The reason why many of us are so discontent may sometimes simply come down to the fact that we are not WOWED enough.  In the month of October, we invited a group of people [our Facebook fans] to a challenge.  The challenge was for them to take $100 from us at the beginning of the month and DO SOMETHING CREATIVE  with it.  Our hope was that at the end of the month we would get back the $100 and may be a little bit more.  We wanted to use the extra money for our scholar athlete program which helps some of our kids in Malawi attend school… The most creative story of the month came from our friend, KRIS HANSON.  Kris is a High School student in San Diego, CA. Here is a Message From Kris: +I took the $100 and chose to use it to help me buy a new lens (Canon 28mm F/1.).  I obviously love doing photography and I also film weddings and the services at Flood [a Church in San Diego that most of our team members attend]  so I needed a nice lens. It’s the first lens I’ve owned that is over $150… +My friend’s mom has seen some of my photos. she wanted some pictures of her daughter so she asked me to do a shoot. I decided to give whatever money I made from the shoot to The Chisomo Idea. +We did the photo shoot on a Saturday (10.29.11) at Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma for about 2 hours.  I took about 400 shots. +The following day, i gave you the money. What I love about it is how everyone won. Your $100 covered about 20% of the cost of the lens. My friend got new photos. You doubled your money. Through his quick and incredible imagination, Kris was able to achieve a triple bottom line– BUY A CAMERA LENS FOR HIS BUSINESS, HELP HIS FRIENDS MOM, AND HELP A GROUP OF KIDS IN MALAWI- AFRICA- ATTEND SCHOOL Some of you may need to help Kris further by doing shoots with him.  If so, contact us or email:  krishansonlovesyou@gmail.com.  Check out his sample pictures here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/krishanson/6299905171/in/photostream TWO THUMBS WAAAAAAAAAY UP, KRIS!

This month’s THUMBS UP goes to our friend, Wil Dyer.  Wil visited Malawi last summer and during his visit he met one of our outstanding young leaders on the ground, COSMAS PHIRI.  Cosmas has recently graduated from the African Bible College in Malawi but he already directs one of our most complex projects, the Chinsapo Grassroots Soccer and Life Economics Academy.  When Wil heard of our desire to bring Cosmas to the US for a few weeks to attend a Christian Community Development Association Conference in Indiana, he did something that only crazy people get to do. He auctioned off his birthday…well…not like that, but he asked his friends to not give him the presents they would probably give him and instead make a contribution towards Cosmas’ trip [We bet some of those people weren’t going to give them anything anyways…it’s called IMAGINATION].  Thanks to Wil, Cosmas has entered a conversation about community change that people like John Perkins [Civil Rights Leader] and Shane Claiborne are a part of… Thumbs WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY UP, WILLIAM…

One of the groups that have made a huge difference for us lately has been the San Diego Sea Lions soccer club.  The San Diego based semi-pro team orchestrated the most successful soccer equipment drives in the history of our movement.  If you are ever in San Diego, make sure to stop by one of their games… Thumbs WAY UP San Diego Sea Lions!

When Vision Turns 10:  The Story of Sebastian Mathews

We know.  That is a pretty weird title for this story but wait for it. It may make some sense in the end. Every time we set a big goal, we realize as soon as we communicate it publicly that we have made a HUGE mistake. Recently, we set a goal of raising $15,000 in one month to match a conditional grant given to us by an organization in Holland.  We either had to raise the match or risk losing the grant altogether.  $15,000 in a month may be small to most organizations but it is pretty big to us.  Not only are we a pretty young movement, we all also work 9 to 5 jobs [that is part of our philosophy] so it is not easy to pull off something like that.  After all, we have to rely on friends on Facebook and other social media to get such things done.  Facebook friends are NOT ALWAYS real friends.  This is where you laugh. OK, let me adjust from the organizational language and be me, Noel Musicha, for a moment. As is expected from most organizational founders, our team looks  to me cast clear and compelling vision that will move people enough to do something.  Over time, that has become second nature to me.  Sometimes I cast vision that is compelling and sometimes it all falls flat.  In fact, most times it falls flat…who am I kidding? But every once in a while, glimpses of my vision get traction.  When that happens,  it is typically because there was another dreamer whose dreams fiercely beckoned my own. …In this particular campaign, that dreamer was 10 year old Sebastian Mathews.  Sebastian set up a fundraising run in his neighborhood and raised $800 for an organization serving children in need.  When he heard our story, he responded without hesitation that he wants to help.  It is amazing to see that a little kid his age already desires to be a catalyst for change.  I personally sent an encouragement video message to Sebastian because I believe that if the world is going to change, it is going to be because of people like him.  People that grow up refusing to dream dreams that DON’T INVOLVE THE POOR. Sebastian’s story inspired me to do a little bit more each night until our team managed to raise not just the $15,000 that we needed but went above and beyond and raised over $18,000.  There are so many names that helped pull this off. You will hear about many of them soon.  It was victory at the highest order– a team victory. But to me personally when I needed inspiration, it came from the most unlikely source– unfamiliar, catalytic, and only 10. TWO THUMBS WAY UP SEBASTIAN!!! Pretty soon the world is going to discover the type of a leader that you are and I am so proud to get to know you now [Even though we are yet to meet]. Noel For The Chisomo Idea Team

Lady Day

Lady Day

Fighting With Irons

We would like to give a Chisomo THUMBS UP to two very talented bands from San Diego, LADY DAY and FIGHTING WITH IRONS, for connecting people to the Chisomo Idea story through a very fun music exhibition. You can connect with both bands via their pages on FACEBOOK. THUMBS WAAAAAAAAAAAY UP Friends!

KEARNY HIGH STUDENTS [the break club]

We are grateful for Kearny High School’s THE BREAK club for putting together a fundraiser to help send a Malawian student to school for 4 years.  The fundraiser was part of PROJECT 25, a city wide initiative that challenged students to use $100 to do something extraordinary for others.  The BREAK students raised funds by FASTING from their weekly club lunch and selling candy in a campaign they called CANDY FOR CHANGE. The initiative won THIRD PLACE out of 50 schools at the red carpet DO SOMETHING CAMPUS AWARDS ceremony held at the Rock Church on June 1, 2011. The BREAK is part of FLOOD YOUTH GROUP [www.diveintoflood.com] and is held every Wednesday during lunch in the Kearny High School Little Theater. THUMBS WAAAAAAAAAYYYYY UP BREAK KIDS!

Mia McKee  [San Diego State University]

Last month we took a risk and shared a SAD story.  We shared the story of Beatrice.  Beatrice is a girl from Thyolo in Southern Malawi who gets kicked out of school often because of lack of school fees.  We know that there is a lot going on in people’s lives so we try to build on themes of hope rather than narratives of despair that may come off manipulative to people.  After all, there is always something inspiring in every story we encounter. Either way, when we shared all of that, we had a lot of people talk about how difficult that must be for that girl.  Don’t get us wrong, we love to hear how people feel about whatever we share which is why we were surprised by Mia’s reaction. Instead of talking to us about how “MOVING” everything came through to her, Mia just gave.  She simply met the need and in so doing made us believe that our dream of starting a scholarship fund for Beatrice and a few of her friends may actually be possible. Mia’s story of generosity is the type of case that gets us out of bed every morning and make us believe in the power that lie within people…Behind every inspiring thing we have ever been able to do, is a story like Mia’s.  A story of people that continue to give more than they can afford.  A story of individuals that chose to “live for more for our brothers and sisters that need more to live” Here is the video of Beatrice’s story:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi-OQ5y98xA We love you Mia and we want the whole World to know…Thumbs waaaaaaaay up!

Kelsey Minard (SDCC Alumni)

Our latest thumbs up goes to one of our longest serving friends, Kelsey Minard.  Kelsey took a trip with a Chisomo team in 2009 and helped run soccer clinics and the tournament that is documented in our documentary, DON’T WRITE ME OFF [If you have not seen it, you must].   We know that Kels does not have a lot of resources since she is a recent graduate in her very first job but she continues to blow our minds with her financial commitment and generosity.  Kels is a big part of the reason why we were able to purchase brand new footballs to continue the fine work that our volunteers are doing in the lives of kids in Chinsapo, Malawi. Kels, we wanted to make this personal because we want you to know that we are grateful for you.  Because of your generosity the lives of some of our friends in Malawi will never be the same… Everyone, if you know Kelsey please give her a hug for the Chisomo Idea team… TWO THUMBS WAAAAAAAAY UP, KELS!

JOSEPH MBUJE MALIKEBU

We would like to give a THUMBS UP to Joseph Mbuje Malikebu.  Mbuje is a former Malawian top flight footballer who got injured playing for Lilongwe soccer giants, Silver Strikers, and lost all the money he made nursing the injury.  He is the head coach at our Chinsapo Theater of Dreams academy and is the one spearheading our movement in that community. Mbuje oversees a group of over 80 soccer players that are brushing up their skills at the academy. He has worked with us for over 2 years as a volunteer.  Mbuje’s story continues to inspire us. TWO THUMBS WAY UP, MBUJE!

STUDENTS FROM SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

This Month’s Chisomo THUMBS UP goes to students from the San Diego State University, Jesse Dancy, Cynthia Castro, Tyler Smith, Rachael Frank, and Danielle Huffman.  This team of creative business students helped Chisomo create a comprehensive marketing and communication plan and in effect inspire this THUMBS UP page idea.  If you like any of the innovative experimental ideas that we will try this coming year, chances are they either came directly from them or were inspired by something they shared with us. TWO THUMBS WAY UP, FRIENDS!

DON’T WRITE ME OFF – MOVIE PREMIER

DON’T WRITE ME OFF – MOVIE PREMIER

We would like to take a moment and thank everyone that came to the premier of DON’T WRITE ME OFF. Your presence at the event was very inspiring to us. We hope you can all stay connected in one way or another.

How Can You Help?
*Set up a screening with your friends, at your school, at your church, etc.
*Use your imagination to create a fundraiser for Chisomo

Here is the teaser for you to share: http://vimeo.com/16549348

Thank you so much,

Your friends at Chisomo Idea

DON’T WRITE ME OFF – THE DOCUMENTARY

DON’T WRITE ME OFF – THE DOCUMENTARY

AN AFRICAN CONFRONTS AFRICA
In the summer of 2007, a group of friends from California took a venture trip to Malawi, Africa.  The trip was masterminded by a Californian soccer player, Noel Musicha, who was born and raised in the privileged parts of the country [Malawi].  “DON’T WRITE ME OFF” is a thrilling, fast-paced, Channel O style documentation of Noel’s story colliding with the story of a young aspiring soccer player [Humphrey Mvula] who  grew up in a less-privileged part of the country.  The story unfolds in the township of Chinsapo the outskirts of the capital, Lilongwe, and presents a unique perspective of Africa through the eyes of an African.

“DON’T WRITE ME OFF,” Privilege and Poverty comes FACE to FACE

DONT WRITE ME OFF Teaser from Matthew Forrey on Vimeo.

How Can You Help?
*Set up a screening with your group of friends, at your school, at your church, etc.
*Use your imagination to create a fundraiser for Chisomo

Thank you so much,

Your friends at Chisomo Idea