Meet a scholar: Zingiri Amos Mwamlamba, Kenya

“Watipa has raised my hopes of achieving my goal to support my community to access quality education, clean water and food through the scholarship and believing my objectives can be achieved”.

Amos is studying to become a great civil engineer so he can support his community to access “quality education, clean water and food.” You can watch a short film Amos made for the Watipa film competition on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Mariam Nassaka, Uganda

“2017 has been my year of extraordinary things…now I can see and touch the things I used to watch in my dreams.”

Nassaka is studying so she can help her community overcome social problems and provide rights-based mentorship to other women and girls. You can watch a short film she made for the Watipa film competition on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Aldo Kastory Sanga, Tanzania

Watipa – the hope for ambitious youth in Africa.

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“I was once a child, who lived with my parents happy and healthier living, but it comes to time when I observed the world in hatred eye, I asked myself, ‘what was the purpose of life’, but it was not over, I thought that I was burdened person and the only person in the world with difficulties and thus the world must look me with sympathy! But I was wrong. As I came to realize that there were much more burdened people, people carrying heavy loads, children who lost their parents, children isolated, children lacking clothes, food, love and care and so forth, this and so much more figured me to think about them”.

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Support a scholar – donate to the 2017 youth development fund.

IMG_0971We need your help. In 2016 we raised £6,970 from the crowdfunding campaign, from the generosity of 37 people. We matched those funds with private contributions and profits from the social enterprise. This enabled us to support 36 young people in 8 countries in their education. Two thirds of them are young women.

In 2017, we intend to sustain our support of the Watipa scholars and select 10 more to join the programme.We have a very ambitious fundraising target. The current crowdfunding campaign is now open. Please consider adding your support to the campaign.

100% of the funds we receive is spent directly on the students. 

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Watipa scholarships 2017 are now open!

We are now accepting applications for the Watipa scholarship awards in 2017. The application details can be found on our website.

Applicants should make sure they have all the supporting documents to upload along with their application. The deadline for applications to be received is midnight on Saturday 4th November 2017.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be a young person living and studying in a developing country, under the age of 25, who wants to use your education to give back to your community in the future.

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“You’re only a good activist if you are alive and well”

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Outreach workers often face risks to their personal safety and security when providing much needed services to marginalised of hard-to-reach communities. They often do so on a voluntary basis or for a relatively small payment compared to international aid workers who operating in the same area. The potential threats and experiences of violence are particularly acute when the organisations are run by and for communities that are criminalised under the legal framework of a particular country. These communities are in need of important health and other essential services, just like everyone. In fact, may need more services given the vulnerabilities and risks they face in everyday life.  Continue reading ““You’re only a good activist if you are alive and well””

Lift off! Mwatipasa is launched.

IMG_0833.jpgLast night in Lilongwe Malawi, we celebrated the launch of Mwatipasa. Mwatipasa is a new youth development organisation in Malawi, and is the ‘sister’ of Watipa.

Watipa is proud of our origins in Malawi – with our name from the North of the country, and with 14 of the inaugural scholars and 2 of the founding members being Malawian – we already have a strong foundation here. The name ‘Watipa’ is from the North, in Tumbuka, and literally means ‘has been provided for.’ ‘Mwatipasa’ is the plural version.

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Stigma, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder

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Reducing stigma and discrimination has been at the forefront of Jamaica’s national response to HIV for several years. One week ago today, in Kingston Jamaica, we presented some recommendations for how the capacity of healthcare workers could be improved so that stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with and vulnerable to HIV are reduced at point of care.

Stigma – like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder. Change starts with each one of us, knowing and being honest about our beliefs, prejudices, and morals. A training to address stigma among healthcare workers for example must be transformative – to tap into personal beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours that are the drivers of stigma. In other words training must not be ‘business as usual’ and in fact have a ‘sparkle’ that can engage the hearts as well as the minds of participants.

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We’re thrilled to be part of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme

CambridgeSocialVenturesRGBWatipa is thrilled to be part of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme, part of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Watipa has been selected as one of 11 social ventures starting the programme in September 2017. The programme will offer us a fantastic mentorship opportunities for Watipa to learn and grow as a social venture – a business that has social impact at the heart of its vision and way of working. Continue reading “We’re thrilled to be part of the Cambridge Social Ventures programme”

Watipa strategy: A meeting like no other!

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Being creative. Opening our minds. Thinking clearly. What better than to have a Watipa strategic planning meeting on a boat on a Friday afternoon?

Last week we tried it, and held a “meeting like no other” on a narrow boat on the Regent’s Canal in central London. It was a little bubble of tranquility, as we floated there with trees and water surrounding us, just slightly beneath the bustle of the big city nearby.

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