The Maji Zuwa Girl’s Group continues to run successfully, and has now incorporated a series of hands-on, skills-based lessons from different experts in the village. The group has so far learned how to make traditional pots, weave mats from grass found in the area, and have also been planting a variety of flowers.
The girls have also taken part in a workshop, run by a local Peace Corps Volunteer teaching them to sew reusable sanitary pads. Disposable sanitary pads and tampons are often unavailable or unaffordable for girls in the local area. This can lead to them missing school during their menstrual cycle or using methods which endanger their wellbeing. The pad-making session also included a reproductive health lesson that builds on what they are taught in school, making sure our girls have the knowledge necessary to stay healthy.
The Tilipo Girls Group, a group for our younger students in grades 6 and 7, recently performed a fashion show at Maji Zuwa. All the girls decorated their own T-shirt and worked the catwalk to show off their creative styles. There were also a few dances and songs performed, as well as the Malawi National Anthem.
All the classes focus on using local and readily available materials and aim to give the girls some new skills, while also providing a bit of fun!
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)