International Day of The Girl

Sarah’s blog 11/10/22

We want to celebrate International Day of The Girl by showing you some of the amazing girls who we help support in rural northern Malawi. Through a variety of projects, we are supporting hundreds of vulnerable girls and boys. However, this post is about the girls and how their lives are improving through the projects in rural northern Malawi.

Because many families struggle to feed all their children, the teenage girls are at risk of being married off too young. Matching the most vulnerable with sponsors has ensured there is some food going into their homes each month to supplement their income and make things a little bit easier.

Matching girls with sponsors enables them to stay in school and have a chance at a brighter future. Better literacy and numeracy and, hopefully, a choice of career after finishing school. They are encouraged to use the library and have access to a variety of subjects of books.

The period poverty project enables girls to have access to education full time like the boys do. Previously, girls had to stay at home for a week every month feeling embarrassment and shame at what is a normal bodily function. We sent hand turn sewing machines, fabric and sewing supplies and some of the girls have been making reusable sanitary towels for those who need them. They have also been making drawstring bags and girls have received; a drawstring bag, 5 reusable sanitary towels, 3 pairs of pants, 2 bars of soap and a health information leaflet. This project is a relatively cheap way of empowering girls and making a big difference in their lives.

Young people are encouraged to learn life skills like agriculture, animal husbandry, basket weaving, knitting, sewing and cooking. As well as helping them prepare for the future, these activities are keeping the young people busy and helps prevent accidental pregnancies.

Girls are encouraged to play team games and keep fit and healthy. They enjoy netball, rugby and football and their self-confidence is growing as they learn new skills and spend time with their friends.

Thank you to all the sponsors who are helping support girls. There are many more girls who would benefit from being matched with a sponsor to enable them to have a brighter future. It’s only £25 per month and you can sponsor as an individual, a family, two friends sharing the cost, a business or a club. Email me if you would like to get involved and help support a vulnerable girl today

We should never forget that these girls are amazing and will have bright futures if they are nurtured and given opportunities. Despite the trauma of losing loved ones, being hungry and cold and whatever else life has thrown at them, these girls are survivors, and they will achieve great things. Thanks for reading, Sarah x

Margaret is now going to secondary school thanks to her sponsor. As you can see, she has been learning to sew on the hand turn sewing machines we sent.

These two girls are benefitting from The Foundation’s support through the Feeding Programme, School Uniforms, and The Nursery. Naomi first brought Modester to the feeding programme when they had both been orphaned. They live with their grandmother now. However, they both need sponsors to improve their lives further….can you help?
Alice, Loveness and Jean all work at The Foundation. Alice has been accepted to do nursing at college but has deferred for a year until she saves some more money.
Monica has a sponsor so she has a food parcel going into her home each month to supplement their income. Her sponsor will help pay for her secondary education.
Chikumbusko is an orphan who was living with her grandfather. Sadly, he was taken to hospital and subsequently died. Levison got medicine for Chikumbusko as she had malaria. We put out an appeal for a sponsor. Levison then found a foster home for her with the grandmother of another sponsored child. Chikumbusko is doing well now.
Maria has had an extremely difficult life and hadn’t passed her primary school leavers exams. Levison saw what a hard worker she is and supported her with studying for exams. She passed her exams, and we matched her with a sponsor. She is now working hard in secondary school.
Granda came to ask Levison for help. Her mother is on her own with 4 children. Granda was at risk of being married off as mum couldn’t feed them all. Thankfully, we matched Granda and one of her brothers with sponsors. They now have a food parcel each month to supplement their income. Granda has been learning to sew and to play touch rugby and will be supported to go to secondary school.
Granda learning to play touch rugby
Mercy has had to drop out of school as her mum has no spare money. Mercy also has a disabled younger brother. Please could you help Mercy get back to school?

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