About 100X Development Foundation
“The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9.
John and Lindy Blanchard have long supported the work of faith-based and humanitarian programs across the globe through financial giving, but they never anticipated that they would establish a nonprofit organization that would impact the lives of thousands of children and families.
In 2003, the Blanchard’s local church scheduled a trip to Malawi to visit a hospital that the Blanchard’s donations helped build. The entire family began training together and were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see the work that God was doing. However, a few months before the trip, John and Lindy’s oldest son Christopher tragically passed away.
At his funeral, the family asked that any donations be allocated for a project in Malawi, and while the rest of the family decided to stay in Alabama, John and his younger son Ben traveled to Malawi as planned.
While touring a small village in Lumbadzi, Chief Napoleon Dzombe shared his vision for an orphanage to care for the many children orphaned from HIV/AIDS and the crippling drought and famine that plagued Malawi earlier in the year. The trip was a catalyst.
The Blanchards quickly agreed that the donations given in Christopher’s memory would be used to fund an orphan care program, and 100X Missions was officially established. In 2005, the entire Blanchard family traveled to Malawi for the opening of Mtendere Village, and 16 children became part of the 100X family.
In His faithfulness, God turned tragedy into blessing, and we are committed to helping those in desperate need around the world.
What is next. As “our children” grew older, it became increasingly evident that long-term impact would require a more comprehensive reach. To this end, in 2011, 100X Missions expanded to the 100X Development Foundation. The core values and principles on which 100X was founded remained the same—the goal simply became bigger. In addition to orphan care, we now include education, health and nutrition programs. The goal is not only for children to survive, but to thrive.