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Our work is aiming at supporting Government efforts for a better Malawi.  We aim to ensure that all Malawians especially rural women and girls prosper and realize their potential and the four pillars are key to that realization.  We will work with Government, partners, NGOs, community structures, women, girls and all Malawians who share the vision of an inclusive and prosperous Malawi.

The foundation will work with various stakeholders to increase access and completion of education by especially rural girls who are mostly disadvantaged than their male counterparts.  The Foundation will aim to address the barriers to education looking at both material needs and also structural barriers.

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HE MONICA CHAKWERA

Her Excellency Mrs. Monica Chakwera is the wife of Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, who was sworn in as the sixth President of the Republic of Malawi on 28th June, 2020. Her forty-three years of marriage to the Head of State is blessed with four children and twelve grandchildren. She hails from Mwazisi in Rumphi District, Northern Malawi. Mrs. Chakwera is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is also a qualified Social Worker with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Degree from the University of the North, in South Africa. Prior to qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and as a qualified Social Worker, Mrs. Chakwera pursued studies in Business Studies where she was awarded a Diploma by the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. In a career spanning four decades, until her retirement in 2017, Mrs. Chakwera worked with several international organisations such as the British Council, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Plan International, the Irish Embassy as well as the accounting firm, Deloitte. In 2014, Her Excellency Madame Chakwera founded the Shaping Our Future Foundation, an organization that is concerned with the development of the village girl, a cause she is passionate about and that is inspired by her own roots in the village where she was raised with seven siblings. Because of the poverty in her family home, Mrs. Chakwera had her education paid for by Save the Children, an international development organization whose maxim is “around the world, too many children still start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they are from.” From this, Save the Children has a bold ambition: we believe in a world in which all children survive, have the chance to learn, and are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation.” It is this experience that has made her an advocate of Women and Girl-child education.

DR. JOHN MUSSA PAUL

Dr. John Paul is a renowned development practitioner in the fields of Energy, Rural livelihoods, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts both in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education majoring in Geography from Mzuzu University in Malawi. He is the founder of “Africa Green Economy”, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Malawi where he currently works as Country Director. Before founding this organization, Dr. Paul worked for other NGOs and recently served as a Project Manager in Total LandCare-Malawi for 5 Years under a Project on Climate Change Resilience funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). He was again the lead researcher responsible for Malawi in the same organization, for the Africa research programme on “Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa” (SAIRLA) which was implemented in Malawi, Ghana and Burkina Faso. Dr. Paul is a Master Trainer in Gender Action Learning System (GALS) a community empowerment methodology which is becoming more popular in many parts of Africa including Malawi. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and research supervision forms part of his assignments at this University. He is hoping to cascade his practical experience to a wider population in the process of building a new Malawi.

MRS. ELIZABETH GONDWE

Mrs. Elizabeth Gondwe is an experienced Financial Management Specialist with solid administrative and managerial background obtained from working for 5 years under the Energy Sector Project in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining funded by the World Bank, two and a half years under the Business Environment Strengthening and Technical Assistance Project in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, 6 years with the Financial Management, Transparency and Accountability Project in the Office of the President and Cabinet both funded by the World Bank and co-financed by the European Union, 3 years with the District Water Supply Project under Ministry of Water Development, funded by the African Development Bank and 3 years under the Education Development Management Unit(EDMU) in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology funded by the World Bank. Having worked as the in charge of the financial management and accounting functions of various Donor funded projects in Malawi, she has developed the ability to deliver against tight deadlines and responds positively to changing circumstances and needs. Mrs. Gondwe holds Master of Business Administration from the Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK obtained in 1997. She also has a Bachelor of Accountancy/Commerce and Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic obtained in 1984 and 1975, respectively. She has worked in the Malawi Government all her life and as such she has gained a lot of experience on government processes and procedures. Her biggest achievement has been the fact that for all the projects she worked on, none had a qualified audit report, all of them were clean reports. Issues raised were very minimal. She also proud to say that she impressed Auditors from the African Development Bank and that they commended her for keeping up-to-date accounting records and they had recommended that she should gather all the accountants on ADB projects in Malawi and train them on how to maintain accounting records.

SEAN KAMPONDENI

Sean Kampondeni is the Director of Communications at Malawi's State House and the Executive Assistant to President of Malawi. Prior to his appointment to public service, Sean worked as Assistant to Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, the MCP President, Director of Communications for Dr. Chakwera's Presidential Campaign, and a Speechwriter for Dr. Chakwera during his tenure as Malawi's Leader of Opposition. Sean is the founder of Flood Church Lilongwe, a vibrant and youthful multinational community in Malawi's capital, which he led for 10 years from 2008 to 2018. Flood Church Lilongwe is part of a network of churches that form the Flood Church Association in Malawi, of which Sean is President. Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Mass Communications, with 20 years’ experience in media and broadcasting, as well as a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, both from African Bible College, where he is the President of the ABC Alumni Association. He is also both the founder of Siddim Dynamic, a consultancy firm specializing in developing leadership and governance resources and training, and the founder of Benjamin General, a supplier of technological and logistical solutions to corporates. Sean is also a published author and social commentator, with prolific writings covering the areas of romantic fiction, theology, and sociopolitical analysis. Sean lives in Lilongwe, Malawi, with his wife Tapiwa and their four children.

DR. BERNADETTE MALUNGA

Dr. Bernadette Malunga holds a PhD in Law from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s Degree in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe and an LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of Malawi; She is a Lecturer at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. She has vast expertise and experience in gender and the law and administrative justice. She is passionate about women’s, children’s rights and governance. Dr. Malunga is also Board Chairperson of Citizen Alliance; Board Member of Women Lawyers Association and Cross Border Traders Association of Malawi.

MRS. MALLA KAWALE

Mrs. Malla Kawale is a greatly confident, highly organized and self-motivated person with proven ability of excellence in administrative and leadership skills which spans a period of over 10 years. She has excellent communication skills with good problem-solving skills and keeping staff members highly motivated. She is a strategic thinker who is goal- oriented; keeping focused on the vision and mission of an institution using its objectives. A motivational and public speaker, Mrs. Kawale holds a Master of Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI, a Master’s Degree in Diakonia (Christian Social Services) with specification in international social services from Diakonhjemmet University College (Norway) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies with minors in Education and communication from the African Bible College; She is currently working as the Administrative Director at the ABC Community Clinic-Lilongwe Malawi). She has also previously worked as Human Resource and Communications Manager at ABC Community Clinic; National HIV & AIDS Coordinator with the Evangelical Association of Malawi and HIV & AIDS Program officer with the Evangelical Association of Malawi). Mrs. Kawale is a member of the Board of Advisers for African Bible Colleges – Malawi. She is a Co-Founder of E3 Worldwide Malawi and has passion for community development. She is also a Co-Founder and Director of Graphic World Company and Mosaic Investments.

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Our work on Girl Child Empowerment looks at four key intertwined pillars:

  • Keeping girls in school
  • Economic empowerment
  • Sustainable agriculture production
  • Sexual reproductive health

Our work is aiming at supporting Government efforts for a better Malawi.  We aim to ensure that all Malawians especially rural women and girls prosper and realize their potential and the four pillars are key to that realization.  We will work with Government partners, NGOs, community structures, women and girls and all Malawians who share the vision of an inclusive and prosperous Malawi.

Our Pillars:

 

Keeping Girls in school:

Education is a central pillar to empowerment and economic emancipation.  Malawi’s experiences very high girl drop out of school.  The Demographic Survey of 2017 reveal that majority of women have primary school as highest level of education.  67% attended primary school compared to only 5% who attended secondary school.  Percentage of households with no education is higher in rural areas (16%) than in urban areas (5%).  The report also noted that education attainment is linked to wealth.  Women in the lowest wealth quintile completed only 1.6 years of schooling compared to 6.5years of schooling for those in the highest wealth quintile.  The same applies to national attendance ratio which is 5% in lowest wealth quintile households an at 42% among households in the highest wealth quantile.

 

The foundation will work with various stakeholders to increase access and completion of education by especially rural girls who are mostly disadvantaged than their male counterparts.  The Foundation will aim to address the barriers to education looking at both material needs and also structural barriers.

Material needs include:

  • School fees – provision of scholarships and bursaries
  • Uniform – provision of uniform support
  • Security issues – provision of safe schools
  • Hygiene practices – sanitary pads provision, wash facilities, safe toilets friendly to girls
  • Learning materials – depending on level – books, pencils, laptops etc.

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