Focus on Girls
In our developed world EDUCATION is a right, however for millions of young girls in Malawi this is not their REALITY.
In fact 62,000,000 girls around the world are not in school, and globally nearly 1 in 5 adolescent girls are out of school. Girls are not getting the education they should have a right to, simply because they're GIRLS, and there are many barriers that effect them from getting any education. Their parents are not always convinced of the value of their education, and they are often forced to leave school to help at home. They may also become pregnant or are married off by the family, or the school is too far to travel to, and parents think their daughters’ are at risk. In addition adolescent girls are forced to miss school because of poor access to menstrual hygiene products, and girls are disproportionately subjected to school-related gender based violence, and this affects them in, around, and en route to and from schools.
Regardless of all of these barriers, EDUCATION SHAPES the life potential for girls, and helps them to break the cycle of poverty. We know that for every extra year a girl stays in school, her future income can increase by 15%-25%, and girls with more education go on to have healthier children, that are more likely to attend school themselves.
By GIVING girls marketable SKILLS that help to offset the costs of an EDUCATION, we BELIEVE it's the best investment we can make to help end poverty, and are committed to getting girls back in the classroom, where they can thrive and grow to their full potential.
At LOVE A VILLAGE we know first hand that when we empower a girl with education, the whole world can change!
Fabric for reusable sanitary pads
Health & Hygiene classes
Another way we support the women of Luhomero is through our Girls in Stitches sewing program.
Women are taught how to sew with treadle sewing machines by the local men and women currently skilled in this area, teaching them a life giving skill that will enable them to start a small business making products that can be sold in nearby towns and cities.
Young school girls are also taught how to sew reusable menstrual hygiene pads which provides them with clean and safe feminine hygiene and enables them to learn a skill that can later provide them with sustainability. The sewing of menstrual pads enables girls to attend school without interruption so they can receive the full benefits of their education and achieve the best result possible.
Teaching these simple skills directly impacts the likelihood of breaking the cycle of poverty among young girls, women, and their families.
My First Period started when a mother of a tweenage girl was looking for a kit to purchase and help her daughter, when the question was posed to her, "Mom, what am I going to do if I start my period at school?" Not being able to find anything on the market, she began to design a "My First Period" kit.
With a heart filled of love and compassion, and a desire to make a difference in the world for girls, My First Period has chosen to partner with us to help us care for the girls in Luhomero by participating in our Girls in Stitches education and sewing program.
They created a "Buy One Give One Program of Love", whereby a portion of their sales, along with specific products from each kit are being donated to Love a Village's Girls in Stitches education and sewing program
We are BLESSED to have an absolutely incredible partnership with My First Period!!