'Be Respectful And Value Everybody'
Brave is beautiful
Project 'BRAVE' stands for 'Be Respectful And Value Everybody'. After all, until everybody is equal, nobody is equal.
Girls in Malawi very rarely receive the same educational opportunities as boys. Often girls are marginalised and discriminated against, one of the main reasons for this is poor understanding of menstruation and adolescent puberty. As a result, girls drop out of school when their periods start. We want to put a stop to this crippling problem and see that every girl has an equal opportunity to succeed.
This is Esnat, a warm hearted inspirational figure, she currently heads up an expanding team. Esnat is both a support worker for girls and boys in school and also delivers our training and educational programmes, empowering girls and women. By breaking the silence around menstruation and teaching the biology of puberty we are shifting attitudes and perceptions of what we are capable of.
Since 2015, we had the simple aim to support girls in rural Malawi. We continue to achieve this through accurate biological education and providing monthly dignity, through reusable and washable cloth sanitary packs for each girl attending the course.
Our Safehouse has been created as a refugee for girls and women fleeing from abuse and violence. It is a new chapter in the 'BRAVE' programme. It has been built strategically next to our closest Police Station, to ensure those using the facility will be protected and safe.
We have seen the project impact and powerfully change the lives of so many young people in Malawi. We want to make this project accessible to all young people in our surrounding communities, that's about 1,800-2,400 students annually.
To do this, we need 388 supporters, giving £10 a month, to achieve a target of £46,000
Girls in Malawi are often marginalized and discriminated against, one of the main reasons for this is poor understanding of menstruation and adolescent puberty. We want to put a stop to this crippling problem and see that every girl has the opportunity to succeed alongside their male counterparts.
Our hope is that like minded women and men jump on board with us and fight for girls and boys to have a bright and equal futures in Malawi.
When girls enter puberty and start menstruating, they generally drop out of school. Toilets in the majority of rural Malawian schools have no water or lights, sorting yourself out in these conditions is neither hygienic or easy. Girls suffer medical problems from poor hygiene and culturally periods are not spoken about with boys or girls.
Project:Brave is an annual course for girls and boys, based on topics we have been teaching for the past 5 years - but in more detail, over a longer period of time. The programme will be delivered to schools each year by four trained and qualified professionals, instead of over 3-5 years with only one full time member of staff as in Project My Girl.
The teaching curriculum has been written by Malawi College of Medicine and is based on research conducted by Unicef and PLAN international.
Thank you for believing in more for girls and boys in Malawi
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Monthly donations are the most effective way to help us carry out this vital work, one off donations can also be life changing.
If you are not in a position to help financially, there are several ways in which you can still help us out. Simply by following us on our social media platforms and sharing our work with friends, family and colleagues you can make a big difference in raising awareness. Alternatively you could become a fundraiser.
We also believe in the power of prayer, so if you're a person of faith, we would love your support and prayers.