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Updated: Jul 15, 2020

On July 25, 2015, Kurt Hanson from the Daily Herald posted an article about the service trip to Malawi that would take place August 2015. Excerpts from the article are below and you can access the full article here.

“Rick Nielsen, president of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, and several university physical therapy doctoral students, will soon travel more than 10,000 miles to the African nation of Malawi. There, they will build a new primary school for about 250 students.”

“On Saturday, many of the volunteers who will be traveling to Malawi met at a small storage unit in Spanish Fork for a “packing party,” as Rick Nielsen said. They heaved out everything they could from the unit, including books, computers and toys, all donated to help the children of Malawi. The volunteers will then stuff two army duffel bags full with these educational supplies, leaving them with just a carry-on to cram two and a half weeks’ worth of supplies for themselves.

“In my 27 years of going to Africa, I truly think this will be the epitome of all other expeditions,” Rick Nielsen said.”

“Rick Nielsen, his wife and his students will leave for Malawi at about midnight on Aug. 12. They are scheduled to return to Utah on Aug. 31.

Jodi Nielsen said she’s been touched to watch these students, and previous students, sacrifice so much to help those who have so little.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to reach outside yourself,” she said. “You don’t have to go across the world … you can do it along your way. But when … you truly serve, then you’re the one who’s changed.””

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