Local couple helping to fund education advances in Malawi, Africa

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 18:01:57-04

Nearly 9,000 miles separate Tampa from Malawi, Africa, but Chuck and Debi Wolfe are trying to close the gap with their grassroots mission.

Malawi is home to more than 16 million people and the latest World Bank report shows the country has the world’s lowest income per person. That was a fact that Chuck and Debi Wolfe could not ignore.

“We wanted to get involved,” said Chuck Wolfe. “And we thought we were just going to write a check to support a couple of homes for orphans.”

That was ten years ago. Chuck and Debi are still helping and in a big way.

“This isn’t about just being a charity,” said Debi Wolfe. “This is about what people and humans should be with each other and recognizing we all have something to share with someone else.”

With the help of the Global Orphan Project, a non-profit based in Kansas City, Missouri, the two have worked to change the educational landscape of Malawi.

“Change a nation through education,” Debi said. “We believe that there could be a future leader of that country.

“This isn’t about anything other than giving these kids an opportunity,” said Chuck. “Because they have the capability.”

That’s why they created the “Malawi 100.” A 64-mile charity bike ride across the country next summer, to help raise $100,000 for the new school. 

For more information on the “Malawi 100” visit Malawi 100.