Colorado Couple to Ride Bikes in Africa to Build School

Retired School Administrators to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Helping Students in Malawi

Kansas City, Mo – May 22, 2018 – Malawi, Africa is one of the poorest countries in the world with a lack of quality education. A Colorado couple wants to change this dynamic by celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a special way. The retired school administrators will ride bikes 100 kilometers across the country this July to help raise $100,000 to build a new secondary school.

The Malawi 100, in partnership with The Global Orphan Project, is a charity bike ride that will benefit the Pothawira Academy in Salima, Malawi. Steve and Debbie Wolfe of Florence, Colorado will be part of a group of thirteen riders who will participate in the inaugural Malawi 100 this summer. The team leaves June 29th and the 100K ride is scheduled for July 5th.  The ride will start outside the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe and finish at the Pothawira Academy.

According to Steve Wolfe, the Malawi 100 presented a chance to turn their 40th anniversary into an adventure trip and bring hope to hundreds of children. “We wanted to do something memorable for our anniversary. When my brother suggested we join them in Africa on this trip, it presented a unique opportunity to serve others and not just ourselves.”  Wolfe recently retired as an administrator at Florence High School.

As part of the Malawi 100, the Wolfes committed to raising at least $5,000 in addition to their trip costs. So far they have raised more than $12,000 for the cause as part of Team Kweza. Debbie Wolfe came up with their team name, which means “raise” or “promote” in Chichewa, the native language of Malawi, to reflect both the purpose and impact of their fundraising.

The Malawi 100 was organized by Chuck and Debi Wolfe of Tampa, Florida. They have been volunteering in Malawi for the past ten years with a recent focus on education development. “The economic future of Malawi depends on education,” Wolfe said. “Currently, students have little opportunity for continuing past primary school. The Malawi 100 will provide a high quality secondary school experience for almost 200 boys and girls each year. This will transform lives. Our goal is simple. Help change a nation through education.”

All of the net funds raised through the charity ride will go directly to the Pothawira Academy project through the 100% commitment of the Global Orphan Project. Individuals can get more information and donate to the project at


The Pothawira Academy is a primary school for almost 300 students. It intends to construct two new primary school blocks and convert the current facility to a secondary school, complete with science and computer labs. Pothawira Academy will eventually educate 600 students each year. It is part  of  the Pothawira Village, a comprehensive community based orphan project that is operated under the direction of   a Malawian NGO. In addition to the Pothawira Academy, the village includes orphan homes for 120+  children and a medical clinic that serves hundreds of patients a day.


The Global Orphan Project is an international orphan care and prevention organization that helped developed and currently manages the Pothawira Academy in partnership with the Malawian NGO. It is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

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