U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer has handed over a MK7 million girls’ hostel to Chadza 1 Community Day Secondary School in the area of Senior Chief Chadza in Lilongwe District.
The 40 bed hostel was built with funding from the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund.
Addressing the gathering at the handover ceremony held at the school on Thursday, Ambassador Palmer said, “Educating girls empowers them and helps protect them from becoming victims of early marriages. “
She added: “ My First Lady, Michelle Obama, reminds us that education is girls’ ‘only chance to shape their own fate, rather than having the limits of their lives dictated to them by others.’ Girls, we are happy to have partnered with your parents to construct this hostel as a way of giving you a conducive environment to study and progress in life. It is now up to you to make a decision to succeed.”
Since 1966, the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund has funded local grassroots organizations to implement innovative and sustainable community projects.
The U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund is designed to support community-driven development projects that address grassroots economic and social issues.
The program selects projects that;
1) improve basic economic or social conditions at village level;
2) have a high-impact, can be quickly implemented, and benefit a large number of people;
3) involve a significant local contribution in labor, material, or cash;
4) are within the ability of the local community to operate and maintain;
5) are a direct response to the initiative and aspirations of the local community; and
6) make income-generating activities possible.
For more information on the U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund please visit: http://lilongwe.usembassy.gov/resources/ambassadors-self-help-fund.htmlFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :