Bathrooms. We all need them. 5 miles outside of Zomba, a major Malawian city, young women have only the guarantee of a semi-enclosed pit latrine called a chim. That is about to change at Nsondole CDSS. Find out why in this post.
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.
In this Short Story, Cynthia, one of the young women in Malawi who is a part of the Women's Empowerment Project (WEP), shares her thoughts on school, goals, and what it means to be a girl. Cynthia is 16, and in Form 3 (Junior year). She has 3 siblings and lives with her two parents. Her favorite subject is Biology. When she grows up, she wants to become a nurse because she has a desire to help people.
Vera is a Form 4 (Senior) at Nsondole Community Day Secondary School. Her favorite subjects are math, geography, and biology. She feels she is an important member of the community because people in her community see her as an educated person who can give back. As a female, Vera doesn't have many role models. She hopes to complete her education and start giving back to her community soon.
"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.
When people travel, they sometimes have a preconceived notion on what to expect. At other times they go through a period of culture shock. But when you take the time to actually make your traveling worth something, one that you can remember many years down the road, and how much you learned and grew as an individual, that is an extremely priceless thing to have. Joua, one of our Story Time volunteers shares her first hand experience of when she first went to Malawi: