Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, 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.

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Watipa celebrates #YouthDay

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12th August was declared international youth day back in 1999 at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. A resolution of the Security Council in 2015 (S/RES/2250) recognised that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion is essential for building and sustaining peace. So how will you celebrate #YouthDay? Continue reading “Watipa celebrates #YouthDay”

Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, Malawi

IMG_8157My name is Prudence Chavula and I come from Malawi. Growing up in a community that doesn’t support girls education has taught me to value education as the only thing that can empower and transform a female’s life. 

I consider myself an agent of change, committed to the regeneration of my community and addressing the needs of my community. I am passionate about promoting education for all, especially among women and to reduce inequalities, prevent HIV transmission, end child marriages and reduce unplanned pregnancies. With that in mind, I do a number of philanthropic activities in my community. 

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This girl can… row!

FullSizeRenderCombining individual motivation with team participation, rowing is a sport that can facilitate personal and social growth.

Today at the Lea Athletics Centre in North London, 2,304 young people took part in the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) organizing by London Youth Rowing. Fifty per cent of the young people participating were girls, from all over the country.

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Meet a scholar: Precious Mastala, Malawi

image1-8-1I am Precious Mastala, a student at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, and I am pursuing a BSc in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Vet Medicine is nice to study and goes with passion and love for animal welfare, which extends community wide.

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When being a bride is not a celebration

10-chief-with-carolOn my way to work, on a crowded peak hour train, I was distracted by the headlines in a newspaper someone was reading opposite me: ‘Every 7 seconds a girl younger than 15 gets married’! Is this really happening in the 21st century? Wow.

I feel frustrated with global systems that don’t bring perpetrators of child violence to justice. Continue reading “When being a bride is not a celebration”

Whose priorities count?

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Malawi is a beautiful country, and is often referred to as the warm heart of Africa. Almost a third of the country is the lake that borders Mozambique and Tanzania, which symbolically and literally has a powerful presence in Malawian culture. Continue reading “Whose priorities count?”

More than pencils and penicillin

Back at home in Malawi, taking a few days to rest and recover from the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban South Africa, we ran into an old friend from Melbourne on the shores of Lake Malawi. He is having the trip of a life time, Keep reading!