Memory with her former teacher who taught her carpentry at a technical college in Blantyre, Malawi. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Blazing the trail for the next generation of women in Malawi

Economic opportunities for young women in Malawi are constrained by high levels of early school dropouts and women typically tend to work in lower paying jobs or stay at home. Memory's conviction meant she was able to break this generational cycle.

Skills training has the power to help young women break the cycle of poverty

With more than 70% of the population living in poverty, many women from rural communities simply do not have the financial means to access vocational training courses.

That is why the support of people like you is crucial in helping people like Memory and other women in her community to develop the technical skills they need to gain employment opportunities. Your support has the power to change lives and can help support activities such as tuition and boarding fees, so that young women can attend training courses and gain the qualifications and knowledge they need to become financially independent. 

In the face of adversity, people do not lose their capability - they lose their resources and their ability to create meaningful, enduring change for themselves. You can be there for these people, standing alongside them in empathy and understanding, putting your compassion into action by helping provide access to what they have lost and helping them build a better future.

You can be a partner in their solution. A partner in compassion.

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See how your support is helping young women find employment in Malawi

Breaking barriers through vocational training

A carpentry student attending technical college in Blantyre, Malawi. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Your support today can help fund programs like the A+ program in Malawi, run in partnership with our partner CADECOM. Through the program, young people like Memory can learn technical skills in areas such as carpentry, tailoring and welding.

“In the rural setting, sometimes even when students get college education, jobs are not easy to come by. But when you give them vocational skills, then they're able to use that skill to employ themselves, to become entrepreneurs, to open up small businesses," said CADECOM Diocesan Secretary in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Mandinda Zungu,

"This is what we did with the training courses that we do as CADECOM, where we give the youth the choice to choose which vocational skill they want to do. By using the strength-based approach, we support communities to identify their own strengths to change their lives."

In addition to vocational skills training for young people, the program also supports families by improving food security, access to basic water and sanitation, women’s income generation. Since 2016, the program has supported 7,397 families (33,287 people).

The program will soon enter a new phase – the A+ Successor program – and will help an estimated 10,184 households (56,096 people) over the next 5 years. The support of people like you is crucial in helping ensure the program can reach the most marginalised families in Malawi. 

“If I didn’t have this opportunity, I would maybe be married now with two or three children and just rely on my husband. Nowadays, you need to stand on your own so that your husband can also assist you.”


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