In Malawi there is no free education beyond eighth grade. Students must pay for school beyond that point. Very few students can afford to pay these costs. Without a secondary education, most children will return to their villages to work on farms or get married and start a family at a young age. This path almost always leads to a life of deep poverty.
The situation is almost always worse for young girls. Male education is prioritized in Malawi and girls are often forgotten or purposefully mistreated. Forced child marriage is still a serious problem in Malawi. Orant focuses our education funding on girls because they are the most vulnerable.
Education is the most sustainable path to true development in Malawi. We believe that education empowers people to growth and self-sufficiency. By supporting education we help to break the cycle of poverty and handouts that are so prevalent in Malawi.
Orant helps by paying the school fees and living costs for several students in our community, some with the help of sponsors in the US. We have also run a vocational school and currently support another financially.
We are excited to announce a four year $40,000 partnership with Rotary International District 5810 beginning in 2017. Their support for girls education in Malawi will allow up to 30 girls to attend secondary school and will follow the same cohort for all four years. This project will significantly change the lives of these girls and will exponentially expand the opportunities available to them. We look forward to expanding the reach of this program through the support of individual Rotary clubs and Rotarians. The below video message from District Governor Bill Dendy details our partnership. For more information on how you can support this program and increase its reach, please contact Anna Urban at [email protected] or [email protected]