AMBASSADORS FROM MALAWI AND ZAMBIA VISIT BBF
BBF was honored by visits from Ambassador Hawa Ndilowe from Malawi and Ambassador Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika from Zambia in March 2009. In coordination with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, which hosted the visiting Ambassadors, BBF was pleased to welcome these representatives given BBF’s long history of work in both countries.
Malawi Ambassador Hawa Ndilowe was joined at BBF by Nora Goetz, Gary Goetz, Jr. and Rev. M. Catherine Day of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, and Jillian Wolstein and Yoav Hami of H.E.L.P. Malawi in Cleveland, Ohio. BBF Trustees Roy Dorrance, Dr. Chip Lambert, Charles Stout, Dr. Seth Bekoe and former Ambassador Daniel Simpson, all of whom are active in Malawi and other locations in Africa, also visited with Ambassador Ndilowe.
Zambia Ambassador Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika toured BBF’s warehouse and attended a meeting of the College Club of Pittsburgh women’s organization as its guest speaker. In 2008, BBF sent over $4.6 million in requested pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, hospital beds and books to Malawi and over $478,000 of such products to Zambia. BBF’s in-country partners Adventist Development & Relief Agency, Medical Benevolence Fund and United States Agency for International Development all helped with shipping costs and distribution.