SOUTH BEND INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The South Bend International Festival, formerly known as the "South Bend Reggae Festival", was founded by the radio Host of WSND 88.9FM and Real Estate Broker, John L. Pangani in 2005. The event was first held at the South Bend Regional Airport festival grounds. Due to the increasing number of spectators, it was moved to the bigger venue of the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds in 2008. Due to increased expenses and weather, we have moved to South Bend State Theater indoors facilities. The festival is held as a fund raiser for the charity nonprofit Pangani Foundation, Inc, a 501 (c)(3) entity. It has raised funds for the Dismas House of Indiana, Food Bank of Northern Indiana, and Malawi hospitals and schools.
The event is one of the biggest and most diverse forms of outdoor family friendly entertainment. It is comprised of live music from local and international artists, childrens' activities, local and international foods and crafts, a beer garden, and drum circles and drum workshops. People from all walks of life have been attending this event for the past nine years. The event unites people of all races, religion, nationalities, social life styles, beliefs, & ages. It's stage has attracted local and international music stars like The Original Wailers (Bob Marley's original band), King Yellowman (Jamaican King of Dancehall), Pato Banton (UK Reggae Legend), Tosh 1 (Peter Tosh's last born son), Kenyatta Hill (Joseph Culture Hill's only son), Taj Weeks (St Lucia's reggae legend), Indika (Chicago's # 1 Reggae band), Hydro Afro Band (Ghana's best band), Allan Ngumuya (Malawi's #1 gospel singer), Zion Lion (Michigan steel band). 2014 marks our 10th Anniversary celebration. It will take place for two days. We are planing to bring exciting times for everyone.
We believe, promote and practice Peace + Love + Unity. The festival is successful because of the hard work and disciplines of the intelligent organizers, volunteers and supporters who are loyal to this event. The dedicated individuals behind the magic are : Jacquelline Pangani, David Krauss, Cheri Middleton, Bill Middleton, David Alert, Darlene Alert, Deneal Sperle, Christopher Mackinicki, Paul Chimutu, Jocelyn Polack, Wayne Raybuck, Christopher Manjoue, Debbie Manjoue, Pam Homan, Jolene Pangani, Jweetu Pangani, John Pangani, and the numerous volunteers that have contributed their talents and skills throughout the years.
PANGANI FOUNDATION, INC.
"A gift from you "
The Pangani Fondation, Inc. was established in 2005. It is a non-profit organization under 501 (c)(3) located in South Bend, Indiana, USA. The foundation was formed in memory of the Late John and Emmie Pangani for their dedication in serving the local communities of their home town, Mulanje, Malawi. They helped the mentally-ill people by providing food, clothing and shelter. They donated a lot of their good fortune to the churches & the poor & needy. This foundation carries the torch to the next level of their unfinished charity ambitions. They believed in Kalu Ndukwe Kalu quote - "The things you do for yourself, will go with you when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy ".
Growing up in Malawi is a very peaceful experience, despite the poverty experienced by the majority of the population. Walking without shoes, barefoot to school, an average of 10 miles a day, is part of the daily routine but when nature calls, visiting the roofless toilets with bare feet is an uncomfortable obstacle. The lack of good sanitation and privacy contributes to the ongoing spread of diseases. As a result, many students, especially girls quit school because of health issues. The main focus of the foundation is commitment to building toilets in poor remote areas. We are "preparing a safe environment to enhance their education".
2005- Donated over 2,000 blankets to Mulanje Distrist Hospital to be used at the mortuaries and hospital beds.
2008- Donated a 40 feet container full of medical supplies, equipment, and furniture to Mulanje Mission Hospital. Some of the equipment was donated by Saint Joseph Regional Hospital and Children of Abraham based in the State of Indiana, USA.
2010 - We built two 5 door bathrooms for boys and girls at Mpondas Primary School
2012 - We donated computers and books to the Ladybird Private School for their computer lab and library
2015 - Partnered with AMRIO and Children Abraham in sending a container of medical supplies and equipment worth over $1,000,000 to Malawi.
2015 - Pending to ship 20 tons of libraries books worth over $260,000 donated by Better World Books.
Our goals are to raise funds through our efforts to build more toilets/latrines for these bare footed students in the remote areas of Malawi.
We will partner with any individuals or organizations and accept monetary and equipment donations for the benefit of Malawi.
Thanks in advance
Confirmation and acknowledgement will follow through mail.