During the last quarter, the government of Malawi temporarily closed schools for almost 2 months due to the drastic rise in the number of Covid19 cases. This made it hard for the project to execute its monthly planned activities since our activities depend on school calendar.
Girl talk is simply a focus group discussion with female students. During these discussions we tackle different issues such as HIV related issues, carrier guidance and counseling. During these discussion the students are given chance to ask questions that bothers them and issues that stresses them. The girl talk sessions are conducted in all the 8 targeted secondary schools from Lilongwe namely; Falls Secondary School, Kaps Secondary School, Minga, Mseche and Chiwamba Community Day Secondary Schools.
Due to the closure of schools some girls got involved in immoral behaviors that resulted in unwanted pregnancies and early marriages. When schools were re-opened, Building Futures in Malawi focused much on Girl talk sessions in schools such as Falls, Kaps and Mseche. Among other things, the sessions centered much on thanking girls for taking care of themselves while schools were closed and encouraging them to work hard in school even if the schools have been on and off, career guidance and HIV related issues. Participation was very good; girls were opening up, commenting and asking questions on different issues affecting a school girl child.
Assisting school girls at KAps with Sanitary pads
Go for girls’ project assist school girls at KAps Schools with Sanitary pads as others do come to school not well prepared for their menses. There is no need for them to go back home because their monthly period has started, we provide them with sanitary pads and let them continue to attend classes, this is One of the main goals of the project- attaining girls in school.
Our main challenge is transportation since the targeted schools are in rural areas. Visiting them frequently has never been possible due to lack of resources to carter for that.
The programme of retaining girls in school is going on well and we would like to thank you so much for your endless support to Building Futures in Malawi. Your support has fostered implementation of the project. You have changed lives for some Malawian girls and we hope to see the girls successful in future. Go for girls project will continue with its activities and we hope to reach as many girls as possible.