Every Girl in School Scholarship Fund
Graduating Class of 2018
Malingunde Secondary School
In 2007 we embarked on a dream to bring hope to the marginalized
children, girls and widows in Malawi. For the past 11 years, our team
has made some significant strides in Malawi, with our outreach to
the women and feeding orphaned children, but more recently, to
promoting education for all Malawian girls.
We began this program in the school year of 2014, with the first group of 10 girls coming from Malingunde Secondary School, in
Lilongwe Malawi. Working together with our partner, Plan Malawi (Kalondolondo), we were able to identify students who had the
potential to go far with their education but lacked the financial support. And so, Every Girl in School Scholarship Fund was birthed.
Through this program we were able to award 4-year scholarships to 10 girls who came from various villages outside of Malingunde,
many miles/kilometers, about 5 hours away from where the school was located. Their families couldn’t afford to send them to school
therefore the only option was for them to either work in the farms or get married between the ages of 13-16 years old.
Our Malawi team, led by Mrs. Blandina Sambo, Executive Director of WoPF, together with the Head Teacher at Malingunde Secondary School worked tirelessly to interview the students and their families, and to make final selection. Once they identified the first 10 students, they then embarked on finding housing within walking distance to the school. The team succeeded in finding the house, and the girls moved in.
Fast forward to today, the first one of the ten girls graduated in June 2017, and the remaining 7 graduated on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Unfortunately, one of the students passed away due to a brief illness during to the summer of last year and another had to drop
out of school due to pressures and obligations in her family’s village. The scholarship program for Malingunde Secondary School has ran for four years from 2014-2018 school years. Through the program, we provided the award recipients with tuition, housing, food
supplies, school supplies, and other necessities. The girls are currently awaiting the exam results from the examining board. Once the results are in, we will map a way forward for them. WoPF in Malawi is committed to financially supporting these students
who begin their high school journey with our program in either obtaining their undergraduate degrees or professional training at a
trade school of their choice.
Pictured below are the graduates together with Blandina Sambo, after receiving brand new mobile phones as their graduation gifts from all of us at WoPF in Malawi and DBMI. We wish to thank our partners who have supported us with your giving towards our Africa Outreach program along the way. No matter how large or small your gift was, it truly did make a difference in the lives of one of these girls and orphaned children! So, a huge THANK YOU and may God continue to richly bless you. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2018!