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: Emmanuel Boateng Duah, Ghana

“Watipa is doing a really great job in giving young Africans the hope and aspiration to be what they want to be.”

Emmanuel is studying for a diploma and he wants to use his skills to “help communities to solve their problems.” You can watch a short film Emmanuel made for the Watipa film competition earlier this year on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Aisha Bukenya, Uganda

“God bless Watipa for reaching out to us and making a difference in our lives, it has been a huge struggle on my side but I pulled myself through and thank Watipa for the moral and financial support”

Aisha Bukenya will use her education to give back to her community and be a “strong and influential woman.”

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The weight of hope

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There are 2 days left until the scholarship applications close for 2017. The deadline is midnight GMT on Saturday 4th November 2017. We have had an overwhelming response: 525 hopeful young people from at least 10 countries are looking to Watipa for support for their studies, hopes and dreams for the future.

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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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Meet a Watipa Advisor: Sakhile Sifelani-Ngoma

Meet Sakhile Sifelani-Nagoma, one of the 5 advisors giving their time to help Watipa develop and steer an intelligent and effective course in our contribution to community development.  Watch this short film to hear what Sakhile has to say about Watipa and our vision….

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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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