Canton, NY, Oct 27, 2009 — A Malawi woman who first visited the North Country a few years ago, as part of an effort to help widows and orphans in her homeland, has been elected to the Malawian Parliament. Grace Chiumia has worked with Presbyterian Churches in Canton and Watertown to raise money to build homes, outhouses and provide medical supplies for widows and orphans in northern Malawi. Last summer, a contingent from the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, traveled to Malawi to see first hand the country's dilemma. Grace Chiumia, known in Malawi as Grace Obama, returned to Canton recently for a progress report. She's 32 years old and the first woman from her district elected to Parliament. Todd Moe asked her about her priorities as a lawmaker.