Matt is a 2006 graduate of the University of Dayton, USA. Before going to law school, he decided to undertake a year of service abroad. He arranged a one-year program in Malawi, with the help of the Marianist brothers from the University of Dayton. What was meant to be a one-year stay in Malawi turned into two.
During his time with the Marianists, Matt served as Chief Financial Officer and Acting Director of Miracle Technical College for Orphans. Concurrently, he taught social studies and biology at Chaminade Boarding School and was in charge of a women’s empowerment program which allocated micro-credit loans to widows and orphans. During the hunger months, which is the time in Malawi before harvests when country-wide food storages are low or emptied, Matt managed a grain distribution program which provided sustenance to over 1,500 families who would have otherwise risked starvation.
Following the completion of his graduate studies in Cultural and Applied Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, where he also worked full-time as a residential house parent in a group home for inner-city boys, Matt returned to Malawi. He established a lodge called Maji Zuwa, which means “water and sun” in the local language of ChiTumbuka, which serves as a community hub where people can come together to work on development projects. At the same time, Matt founded the non-profit organization, Determined to Develop, to support the development work of surrounding villages and Malawi as a whole.
Matt formerly lectured at the University of Livingstonia in Malawi, where he held the post of Dean of the College of Social Sciences. In recognition of his work and collaborative spirit, Matt has been inducted by traditional leaders as a chief in the Mwakhwawa clan.