Education is an eye opener and it is also a mind opener.Watipa Scholar 2017, Uganda
Today, to mark the 6th anniversary of when Watipa was first registered as an entity – a social enterprise – in England and Wales, we launch a new component to our mentorship programme: Stories for Life: The Watipa Podcast. It’s freely available on Spotify or Anchor.
Our first guest is Allen Kyendikuwa from Uganda, who is a founding Trustee of Watipa and leading advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is a role model to many, and in the podcast shares insights from her own educational journey, advice for people just starting out in their studies, and a glimpse of her own passion and appreciation for education.
Education is the best investment.Watipa Scholar 2016, Kenya
Looking back over the last six years, Watipa has sought to advance the education of marginalized young people under the age of 25 living in developing countries, in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet the needs of their communities. To date, 51 young leaders have been supported through scholarships and living stipends in 9 countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia), who intend to apply their education to ‘pay it forward’ and give back to their communities.
Education is like giving someone the knowledge of how to fish, but not giving them the fish. Watipa is giving someone the means to go to the fishing lesson.Watipa Scholar 2016, Malawi
As of May 2022, 34 Watipa scholars have graduated in fields including medicine, fisheries, veterinary science, communications, development studies, engineering, and public administration. Watipa is both a social enterprise and a charity. The profits from the social consultancy business directly benefit the education of young leaders.
Our achievements show that positive social change is stronger and more enduring when different sectors and stakeholders align towards a common goal. The Board of Trustees of Watipa includes world leading educationalists, university leaders, private sector executives, activists and Watipa scholars. This governance structure reflects our shared belief that positive social change can be best achieved when different sectors work and learn together and include meaningful direct community involvement in decision making.
We are proud of the Watipa scholars. We share in their hopes for better opportunities for their communities. And we are grateful for the hard work, vision and contribution from the extended Watipa family who keep things running on a day-to-day basis.
One thought on “Six years today – happy birthday Watipa!”
Happy Birthday Watipa!
As Watipa Community Interest Company celebrates Six years of existence today, I the real Watipa also do hereby celebrate my birthday on 13th June just two days after Watipa CIC. This is great and worth appreciating.
As the real Watipa, am focused with hope to pay it back to my community by becoming a role model on issues of uplifting girl education and development.
I very much appreciate the fact that I am not given fish but the knowledge on how to catch the fish. This is what in turn I will do to my community urging my fellow girls “young women” to take education seriously, as their number one thing in life. “Educarion is key to ones bright future”.
Watipa Kumwenda, Watipa Scholar at Ekwendeni Girls Secondary School in Northern Region of Malawi.