A project expected to sensitize, empower and ensure that teenaged girls do not fall prey to circumstances dues to lack of knowledge, trainings and mentorship sessions has rolled in the commercial capital Blantyre, and is expected to run for four months.
The project, Msungwana wa Lero, will run with funding from Women Inspire Foundation (WIF) that was launched last January.
Rejoice Namale, Msungwana wa Lero coordinator, told Nyasa Times that the project will focus on changing the mindset of young girls so that they focus on their future and achieve their goals.
“We recognize that the average Malawian girl lives in communities in which they are surrounded with different situations that affect them emotionally, socially and financially to progress in life,” said Namale.
She said the project is there to inspire such girls.
“Our aim is to bring to a stop early marriages and school dropouts due to financial problems and lack of direction among girls,” she said.
WIF chief executive officer (CEO), Deliwe Makata, said her organization will help girls achieve sustained livelihoods, self-sufficiency through enterprising and innovations as well as training them in leadership skills.
Among others, she said, the project will have young female achievers – both of whom are ex-Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) fellows – in the names of Rachael Mhango and Halima Twabi, founders of Save the Young Mother Initiative (SYMI) and Malawi Girls in Science Technology (MGST).