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Stella Banda, a victim of early marriage.
Stella Banda, a victim of early marriage.
Mrs. Otria Jere (in blue and purple attire) –Deputy Minister responsible for higher education, the proud of Kasungu west.
Mrs. Otria Jere (in blue and purple attire) –Deputy Minister responsible for higher education, the proud of Kasungu west.
Young girls need parental support to realise their dream and change the world.
Young girls need parental support to realise their dream and change the world.
They are busy with farm work instead of attending school classes.
They are busy with farm work instead of attending school classes.
Mrs Muyaka – deputy head teacher for Santhe secondary school, she is educated and she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and c
Mrs Muyaka – deputy head teacher for Santhe secondary school, she is educated and she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and c
A house constructed by Join My Village – we believe that one female teacher residing in this house can bring new hopes to many girls surrou
A house constructed by Join My Village – we believe that one female teacher residing in this house can bring new hopes to many girls surrou
Scholarship girls – if educated they will help end generational circles of poverty and disease for sustainable development.
Scholarship girls – if educated they will help end generational circles of poverty and disease for sustainable development.
Without education women like her live a life of missed opportunities.
Without education women like her live a life of missed opportunities.

The Girl Effect

Education enhances life. It can end generational circles of poverty and diseases and provide a foundation for sustainable development. Many girls in Kasungu are denied the chance to get an education which condemns them to a life of missed opportunities.

Some parents force the girls into early marriages just to run away from their parental responsibility. They think when she is married whether to an old man or a polygamist then all the responsibility is transferred to the husband.

Employment in labor field of Tobacco production is also high in Kasungu where families and parents are employed. The risk here is that during the peak months of Tobacco production, some parents and guardians would prefer sending a boy child to attend classes and have the girl assist them for the whole day or even a week without attending classes. And farming in Malawi is seasonal - it is not guaranteed that one may continue working on the same farm year after year.   Therefore, the child would continue wandering around with her parents in search of good pasture which also affects her concentration and adaptation to schools.

At Join My Village, we believe that with a quality education, a girl is equipped to adopt health lifestyles, protect herself from HIV/AIDS and other STI, and take an active role in social and economic decision making as they transition to adolescence and adulthood.

Educated girls can make better choices in life, and likely to have fewer children, be informed about appropriate child rearing practices and ensure that their children start school and are ready to learn.

The construction of female teacher’s houses and provision of reference materials to primary schools, introduction of Village Saving and Loan Associations and provision of scholarship to secondary school girls in Kasungu district, are Join My Villages’ strategies toward creating a better future for rural girls where they can claim hopes of independence and the ability to earn a livelihood or of making economic contributions to their households.