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Project Malawi



ABOUT: Project Malawi is an ongoing service project developed to compliment BIO 113: Biology of Infectious Disease, creating opportunities for scientific discovery at Kalibu Academy in Blantyre, Malawi.

Throughout the semester, Westminster College students work to create kits and protocol for microbiology classes at the Academy where they are used by teachers, students, and children of the local community. 

The experiments and specialized kits make it possible to diagnose pathogenic organisms that reside in their community water supply, including Cholera, Salmonella and E. coli.

These organisms are common causes of disease in Malawi and frequently contaminate drinking water, particularly during the rainy seasons. 

Visit the Journal for Civic Commitment to read more about the project.

CONNECTION: With the help of Ms. Wezzie Osman, a community partner from Kalibu Academy in Blantyre, Malawi, Westminster has participated in this partnership for four years. 

FUNDING: Students in BIO 113 carry out fundraising projects to purchase equipment needed to develop the kits. Students have raised more than $2000 from peers, professors, the local community, and local businesses. 

Fundraising efforts are continuous; every dollar helps. Donate to the Malawi Project by contacting Katherine Robertson.



Westminster College would like to thank the following Project Malawi sponsors:

Gold Sponsors
$201 and up

Westminster College, Student Government Association

American Chemical Society

Pro-Vending–Jake Nikituk–Arcade and ATM Equipment

Silver Sponsors

RMV Sales: Sales & Service of Coin-Operated Equipment

Bronze Sponsors

North East High School in North East PA

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Other Donations

Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority

Phi Mu Sorority


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