Beautify MalawiTrust committed to promoting education of needy girls

Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust  says it will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to mobilize enough resources to support education of needy girls in the country.

 BEAM Regional Chair Person for the North, Caroline Mfune
BEAM Regional Chair Person for the North, Caroline Mfune

The commitment was registered Friday by BEAM Regional Chair Person for the North, Caroline Mfune on the sidelines  of a clean up campaign launch organized by Chitipa District Council which took place at Chitipa Boma.

Mfune presided over the function on behalf of founder and patron of BEAM, First Lady, Dr Gertrude Mutharika, who was tied up with equally pressing engagements.

The Coordinator said  BEAM appreciates the need to empower girls, especially those in need and vulnerable, with education so that they become responsible citizens of the nation.

“Education is the best  treasure  needy girls have  to be equipped  with if they are to be self reliant and  lead a responsible future life,” said Mfune.

She observed that  to a larger extent, volume of gender based violence (GBV) cases  perpetrated on illiterate women by men counterparts is a result of lack of economic empowerment among wives who  absolutely depend on husbands as sole  bread winners.

She said her organization also succumbs to the understanding that when you educate a girl child, you educate the nation, hence the efforts to ensure easy access to education by all girls, regardless of their status.

She, therefore,  said BEAM is seriously concerned to discover that  some girls drop out of school due to economic stand of their parents who can not afford to met education needs of their girl child.

She said it was in this appreciation  that BEAM, through visionary and dynamic leadership of Dr Gertrude Mutharika, rolled out various fund-raising programmes to mobilize resources to sponsor girls who dropped out of school because their families do not have  the capacity to support their education.

The Coordinator also said BEAM has embarked on a programme to construct girls hostels to alleviate accommodation challenges in schools which forced girls  to walk long distances to school, a situation she said puts students at risk of being sexually abused by misguided men who capitalize  on the girls vulnerability.

“BEAM  is constructing girls hostel so that girl students are accommodated at the school for their safety as well as to give them enough time to concentrate on their studies.

She then advised parents to avoid discriminating their children with disabilities in provision of education, saying every child has a right to education, irrespective of one’s status.

Meanwhile, Chair person for Chitipa District Education Network (DEN) Sydney Sido Simwaka has commended efforts by BEAM to consider sponsoring  girls who dropped out of school due to economic challenges.

He said besides effective contribution to the socioeconomic growth of the nation, parents who are literate also appreciate the need to send their children to school.

Chief Mwenewenya, whose area has not been spared by massive school drop out due to multiple challenges weighing down a girl child, said chiefs in Chitipa District will support BEAM in its efforts to promote the education of girls, through provision of scholarships and sound accommodation.

During the clean up exercise,  high powered BEAM  delegation physically participated in the activity that was aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation standards which had seriously deteriorated at the Boma.

First Lady  Getrude Mutharika founded  BEAM Trust, first of its kind in the country’s living memory,  two years ago, with crystal clear objective of beautifying Malawi, as the name tells, by among other  things, embarking on cleaning  up exercises in cities, towns, hospital and other public institutions to create  excellent environment for comfort and  good health of Malawians.

BEAM also  nurses a commitment of  promoting the education of a girl child by  providing conducive learning environment  in  secondary schools, through  construction of   girls’ hostels, besides support  in form of scholarships for students from resource poor parents.

The  charity organizations also fights environmental degradation by among other things, planting trees in bare places to minimize climate change related  disasters.

In Chitipa, BEAM is constructing a girls hostel at Chisemga Community Day Secondary School in the area of Chief Mwenewenya.

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5 years ago

include boys as well because every needy student is suffering….
for your information just come to Chancellor College, you shall see it for yourself…..

5 years ago

Malawi need better school system not BEAM. It’s governments duty to provide education to all. For me BEAM can be just back up and work for women. But in Malawi it is where donors finances is where leaders and their family go. What will happen when First Lady is not First Lady? What will happen with the money which is donate in faith to help girls school? What happened with money for the previous First Lady foundations? Politics is family business in Malawi. Especially Muntharikas. In other countries First Ladies don’t form foundation. Or trust. They work to support their… Read more »

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