On the International Women's Day, we are so proud to celebrate our global community of young women and the grassroots leaders, but FET Foundation in collaboration with Ariseshine is also working to empower underprivileged adolescent girls in Malawi so that they can as well become future leaders.
FET Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation advocating and promoting Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). It is committed to youth and women empowerment and aims at inspiring the youth especially in the rural remote areas where role models are virtually unavailable. This is done through engagements, networks, information sharing, mentorship programs and capacity building to lead change.
They also provide free computer literacy trainings to the marginalized girls, building a network of confident women who can rise to today's challenges utilising ICT. It mainly focuses on challenges affecting the youth to help shape them to have a dream and fully pursue it with determination.
They have been visiting a local school in Malawi called Namaka Primary School to talk to children (both girls and boys) about the future and how they should remain hopeful. They discovered that there is a high school dropout of girls due to sanitation. On top of the covid-19 pandemic challenges, the girls are also faced with a lack of access to sanitary pads. This is a huge problem as most families cannot afford to provide them with basic sanitary products, resulting in the girls not able to attend 3-5 days of lessons a month, missing out on critical education they desperately need.
Going to school is a human right and this is a problem that is easily fixable. The first 100 girls received the reusable sanitary pads but our goal is to reach out to more girls at the school. Hence we plan to celebrate this women's month by reaching out to these marginalized girls. International Women's Day is on the 8th March but this event will take in April 2021.
How the money will be used:
Resources for the girls tailoring training (venue, accessories, food etc) and materials for making the Sanitary Pads to be distributed.
We have a design for re-usable sanitary pads, using local fabrics, which will be made by girls who have left school with ambitions to be a tailor. This not only gives them employment opportunities, but will allow them to teach this skill to other women in this area whilst putting money back into the community.
Training the girls who have left school on tailoring and distributing the re-usable sanitary pads to the school girls will achieve Sustainable Development Goal number 4 and 5.
We will appreciate your support towards this initiative and thanks to everyone willing to take part. Girls in Malawi should be educated to have a better future.
FET Foundation & Ariseshine