Aswema and Family
With the help of 21 triathletes running for our cause, multitudes of donors and a lot of heart, AGE Africa was able to raise enough to support scholarships, career guidance and life skills training for 120 young Malawian girls. Many of these girls come from schools that are new to AGE Africa, Thuchila Day Schooli and St. Mary's Girls Boarding School and we are very excited to be expanding out partnerships with different schools. Scholarships are imperative in making secondary education possible, covering both the obvious and the hidden costs of education. Being able to provide scholarships for these 120 girls is a massive success because investing in them creates 120 new leaders and role models for other young girls in Malawi.
Part of their leadership development lies in the career guidance and life skills curriculum that AGE Africa provides to supplement classroom learning and we are thrilled to say that beyond the 120 girls we are supporting with scholarships, we are able to support over 300 more with career guidance and life skills training alone. Recent data collected in our alumnae survey suggests that our supplementary curriculum has been very effective in helping AGE Alumnae make informed decisions about their future. For example, AGE Alumnae wait an average of three years longer than the Malawian national average to get married and have children. Even more impressively, 100% of AGE Alumnae said that since learning with AGE Africa, they would "stand up to a man who tried to hurt them."
We now have 120 girls supported by scholarships, and an even greater number of blossoming leaders who are on their way to becoming AGE Alumnae standing up for themselves, making informed and responsible decisions, and making positive changes in their lives! Many of them have younger siblings, such as Aswema (pictured) who is already helping her younger siblings work hard for their education.