Treasurer USA/Malawi Board Member

Cindy Chartier

Cindy Chartier

In 2010, my husband Steve and I, along with three of our children (Ashley, Matthew, and Parker), traveled to Malawi to assist at an orphanage in the southern region. After arriving in Malawi, we had a problem getting to the orphanage. One of the leaders of our travel group, Solomon, was a Malawian who attended college at the University of Maine in the United States and who came from Kang’oma village. We stayed in his village for three days, falling in love with the people.

We eventually moved on to the southern region where we stayed at the orphanage for three weeks. But we could not stop thinking about Kang’oma village. My sons had become very close to a young boy named Daniel and my husband and I had become close to a very intelligent, bright young man named Elton, who was looking to attend college in the United States. This visit to Malawi changed our lives.

When we returned home our hearts were aching to help the young people of Malawi. By December 2010, we had started a non-profit organization that would help young men and women with their education in Malawi and we welcomed both Daniel and Elton into our home in the United States.

I now have two homes — Malawi and the USA. I serve as a full-time volunteer at Good Soil Partners. When I am not working, I enjoy being a mother to my seven children and three granddaughters.

I see it as a privilege to be part of the GSP scholarship program as I do not only benefit tuition fees but also the leadership and entrepreneurship training programs. Through GSP I feel I will become a better leader and citizen. Thanks to GSP I am where I am now.
Alepha Kaferekudowa
Good Soil Partner Student
To GSP, my words cannot be enough to express my gratitude for the impact that you are doing in Malawi. Through your help, I am now able to help my siblings and family with some basic needs and I am now looking forward to helping more and more people so that through me they can realize their potential.
Saidi Smoke
Good Soil Partner Student & Graduate
It is a great feeling seeing myself achieve my goals of being at the university while GSP is handling my tuition and other school necessities. What a big impact GSP is having in my life and my family who can not afford my college expenses. I am grateful to GSP for the impact they are making
Amos Chipata
Good Soil Partner Student