Hostel for girls at Nanthomba Secondary School

Nanthomba is a Public School of Secondary Education in the rural area of ​​Dowa, in Malawi.  It accommodates 600 students and has a radius of influence that includes 36 villages and 7 elementary schools with an average of 1,300 students per school.  It does not have a boarding school and students who live far away must rent their own rooms in homes near the school, which do not meet the minimum standards of safety and hygiene.  All this increases the cost of schooling until it is unaffordable.

Promotion of women: Training workshops

Women are the most needy group on the African continent. Since they were little they look to the future knowing that what awaits them will not be easy. They must support the family and bring money home. However, the good news is that more and more girls have access to education.

Active Africa funds many scholarships each year to improve the future of these women. However, others, if not the majority, will not have access to higher education.

For this reason, Active Africa supports the creation of workshops that give women opportunities to improve their economy and that of their family as well as grow in self-esteem.

This last year we have financed four literacy and sewing workshops: two in Malawi (specifically in Chezi and Kapiri) and others in Kenya, in Tuum and Opiroi.

These projects have been possible thanks to funding from Comercia Global Payments and the Maite Iglesias Baciana Foundation.

Specifically, the Kapiri project is carried out in the Mission of the same name in the central-western region of Malawi, under the supervision of the Malawian sister Sister Patricia.

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It is a land highly affected by poverty and with a very high percentage of illiteracy. Women are the most unprotected and vulnerable part of Malawian society. For these reasons, Sister Patricia asked us to start this project in which women receive classes in literacy, sewing, notions of economics and agriculture but above all they have the opportunity to meet, share experiences and train to lead a more dignified life and be able to give a better future for their family and themselves.

 

Once they finish, many create their own business. Some have the opportunity to buy a sewing machine at a good price and settle as dressmakers in their villages. Others set up shops in the local market or start small businesses that will mean a big change for their future.

 

We are grateful to the donors who make it possible for these actions to go ahead.

 

 

 

It is a land highly affected by poverty and with a very high percentage of illiteracy. Women are the most unprotected and vulnerable part of Malawian society. For these reasons, Sister Patricia asked us to start this project in which women receive classes in literacy, sewing, notions of economics and agriculture but above all they have the opportunity to meet, share experiences and train to lead a more dignified life and be able to give a better future for their family and themselves.

 

Once they finish, many create their own business. Some have the opportunity to buy a sewing machine at a good price and settle as dressmakers in their villages. Others set up shops in the local market or start small businesses that will mean a big change for their future.

 

We are grateful to the donors who make it possible for these actions to go ahead.

Hostel for girls at Nanthomba Secondary School

Nanthomba is a Public School of Secondary Education in the rural area of ​​Dowa, in Malawi.  It accommodates 600 students and has a radius of influence that includes 36 villages and 7 elementary schools with an average of 1,300 students per school.  It does not have a boarding school and students who live far away must rent their own rooms in homes near the school, which do not meet the minimum standards of safety and hygiene.  All this increases the cost of schooling until it is unaffordable.

Girls are the most vulnerable group in terms of dropping out of school.  AIDS makes them have to deal with sick parents and grandparents.  However, 80% of school dropouts are due to lack of financial means, followed by 11% of early pregnancies and 9% of marriages.  Families that can not afford the cost of renting a home near the school risk  their daughters´ lives whom travel several kilometers every day on unsafe roads, in which they frequently receive assaults. All this does not help to continue with the studies and  closes its doors to a future where to integrate into the world of work.  The best solution is to build a boarding school for girls in the school itself.  The fee that students must pay is much lower than the cost of renting a home nearby and the school itself organizes surveillance and dining services, allowing the girls to have more time to study and live safer.  When knowing this situation, Active Africa looked for a donor to be able to make reality to our first boarding house  which in  March  2017 we have been able to inaugurate. Thanks to Mango, Nanthomba already has a safe place for 90 Secondary Girls.  Zikomo