Chisomo is a previous Story Time participant in the Women’s Empowerment Project, and since graduating, has become a volunteer facilitator and learner guide for CAMFED on the topic of sexual health and reproduction. She feels that because she went to school, “maybe I should do business. I should do something on my own.” But her mall business is not without struggle, due to the recent drought.
Selecting students for the Standard Sponsorship Project is a long process that occurs each year. Within the first few weeks of the school year, students are permitted to attend school for a period of time without paying school fees. During this window of time, Story Time members assist with a 7-step selection process.
A few weeks ago, we covered the Youth Bubble in another blog post. We suggest reading it first, if you haven’t already, to provide context for the following story. This week, we’re sharing a story that illustrates the dire need for change in the way young people without resources, such as those from rural areas like our partner school, are facing a challenging future.
There is an “Invisible Generation” in Malawi. One that is virtually ignored. In Malawi, 70% of the population is under 30. This means an influx of youth coming into the workforce, bringing with them, dreams of innovation, entrepreneurship, and a better future. But that is not what is happening. There is a youth job crisis and a growing number of young laborers in need of work.
Malawi not only faces rising energy demand, but has insufficient power generating capacity, lacks investment in new generators, struggles with high transmission and distribution costs, poor power quality and reliability, and finally, heavily subsidized pricing, that is controlled mostly by the government. But there is some hope on the horizon.
This unusual tree looks like it has been planted upside down, and has many African tales associated with it. Today it’s being used for many different things, it is even considered a superfood. However, like many other species of plants in Malawi, the Baobab tree is endangered. The pressures of poverty force many Malawians to burn these increasingly rare trees for fuel.
Businesses in Malawi need electricity to be successful in day to day tasks. But too often, the lights are turned off and owners and consumers are held at a stand still with few options.
"My dream foods to eat in a day would be for breakfast; I would take a cup of tea with rice." This week, James, a 22 year old recent graduate of Nsondole CDSS, shares his story of food, family, and school. His family farms for a living, but they struggle to feed themselves, while also putting two students through school.
"School is very important for me because it will help me become a good business woman and know which business to invest in...I want to see my community developed and if I am educated, I can be able to help." Read the story of how Herrietta, age 17, Form 1, feels about schools, pads, and being comfortable in class.
This week’s story dives a little deeper into the personal life of one of our students. Odala is the epitome of a student that thrived when he was given the opportunities and chance to. Recently, he was able to pass the national Examinations and graduate high school. Learn more about Odala by reading this account of a typical day in his life.
“The children are our future” could never be so relatable to relatively young country like Malawi. With the average population age being 20 years old, these children are ready to do great things. The members of this community feel very strongly that the portrayal of helplessness, in the face of poverty, is not an accurate depiction of their reality.