I am Leonard F Chakanga a boy aged 23 Malawian by nationality. I t is much pleasure that I was considered one of the beneficiaries of Watipa Scholarship.
Honestly, before the scholarship [was announced], I have had problems concentrating on my studies as the fear of being chased out of school due to financial reasons always lingered in my mind. I had the fear of withdrawing as the school always insisted on fees paying. No fees, No registration. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Leonard Chakanga, Malawi”
The Watipa scholarship review committee is reading through hundreds of applications at the moment, as we shortlist for the new scholarships that we will be awarding in just a few weeks…. it is an exciting, daunting, hopeful and very busy time for Watipa.
I have just read in one of the applications that “the future will be bright.” Based on the applications we have received, I am certain that it will. Continue reading “The future will be bright”
“In 2018, I plan to go further with the knowledge gained in my studies to identify problems that fish farmers face here and the possible solutions.”
Two years into her BSC in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, Naomi is proud both of her academic success – passing all modules – and the community work she done with the Malawi Department of Fisheries to help farmers construct ponds, learn about and “be successful in fish farming”. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Naomi Nyasulu, Malawi”
“This is just the beginning – I won’t rest until my community is fully developed in terms of education, health and empowerment.”
Prudence has recently started her second year of study in Public Administration at the University of Malawi, with the current semester focussing on different strands of psychology, “very important for a person who is into community work”.
That is something of an understatement – over the past year Prudence has shown her dedication to her community in many different ways including; training over 1500 women and girls to make reusable sanitary pads, fundraising for 40 school uniforms and 450 shoes, mentoring girls in 6 local secondary schools and supporting 20 girls back to school who had dropped out due to poverty or early marriage.
Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, Malawi”
“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.
Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Zingiri Amos Mwamlamba, Kenya”
“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.
Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Mariam Nassaka, Uganda”
Watipa – the hope for ambitious youth in Africa.
“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”.
Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Aldo Kastory Sanga, Tanzania”
We 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.
Continue reading “Support a scholar – donate to the 2017 youth development fund.”
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.
Continue reading “Watipa scholarships 2017 are now open!”
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””