Posted on January 28, 2016
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Following on from the meeting in December with the First Lady of Malawi, ACT has moved quickly and taken steps to support Madame Gertrude Mutharika’s vision for girl children development in Malawi. ACT has set up the Ulemu project to support widows and mothers, and girls aged between 10 and 18 to stay in school in Malawi.
Ulemu in the Chichewa language translates as ‘Dignity’. According to ACT (UK) Director, Kunle Onabolu, dignity for girls is the main goal in implementing the project whose aim of to increase young girls’ understanding of sexual and productive health and wellbeing. This will be done through our ‘Girl Shower ‘sessions, and by providing the girls with reusable sanitary towels. The sessions will help to overcome myths and other cultural stigmas that mislead them to early pregnancies and dropping out of school at very early age. In Malawi, school attendance is down by almost 20% among girls due to menstrual related issues, so support in this area is needed now more than ever.
Another aspect of the project aim is to empower widows and mothers by providing them with training and equipping them to make reusable sanitary towels which will be used by the girls and also sold to generate income in a sustainable way. The women’s training will include such subjects as inheritance rights, HIV AIDS and valuable leadership skills.
The Ulemu project will be implemented in Mulanje and Migowi districts in the southern part of Malawi. The project will aid girls from the Khombwe Community Day Secondary School, and widows in twelve surrounding villages. In Mulanje, the project will work with girls from Namphungo Community Day Secondary School, and widows in four villages in the area.
To find out more or to support this project visit our Ulemu Project.