The Malawi Girl Project Fundraiser

$3,475 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 64 people in 38 months
In the Summer of 2013, I was granted the opportunity to travel to the nation of Malawi to serve as a medical missionary through Mercer University's Mercer on Mission program. For eight days, I and a team of Mercer students operated a rural health clinic in the village of Chuluchosema outside the city of Zomba, Malawi. It is here where I made lasting friendships that extended beyond my stay. It is here where I discovered the true value of the human spirit. And it is here where I had experiences that have changed my life.

Unfortunately, it is also here at Chuluchosema where I experienced first-hand the health challenges that rural Malawian women and girls experience on a daily basis. Though there is never a lack of spirit and tenacity to endure through their circumstances, the resources to help them endure is lacking. Over half of rural Malawians live at or below the poverty line, which means that materials that we deem are basic necessities, like feminine hygiene products, are viewed as unaffordable, expensive luxuries. 

Recently, a new schoolbuilding was erected in the village of Chuluchosema which aims to serve the educational needs of the many boys and girls who inhabit the surrounding area. For young and adolescent girls in Malawi, as in other nations in Africa, attending school during their premenstrual cycle can be a nuisance, especially when feminine hygiene projects like pads and feminine wipes are unavailable. This is what prompted me to found the Malawi Girl Project.

The purpose of the Malawi Girl Project is to provide the adolescent girls enrolled in primary and secondary school in the area around Chuluchosema with a stockpile of feminine hygiene products to aid in their overall comfort and cleanliness as they endure through their monthly menstrual cycles. The main items that we aim to collect include pads, panty liners, and feminine wipes, and we are also accepting deodorants and lotions. We are also planning to incorporate an educational component by conducting workshops to inform the girls about what happens to their bodies during menstruation, as well as to demonstrate how to properly use the products collected.

With the funds raised thus far (over $2600),  250 girls in two secondary and one primary school have been served! But the work doesn't stop there. Because of the high costs of shipping, I could not afford to sent all of the supplies collected. However, after learning how cheap it is to travel to Malawi, my mother and I have decided to fly there and personally deliver the remainder of the supplies! With that said, I have increased the Malawi Girl Project's goal by $1000 to assist my mother and I with travel expenses and duty costs to carry the supplies with us. 

I created this project with the hope of giving back to a community that has given me so much. Being able to raise the money and collect the much-needed supplies for the women and girls at Chuluchosema would not only be an accomplishment, but a well-deserved blessing for those who will benefit most. Now that my mother and I have the opportunity to personally take part in this project, your help would be appreciated even more. With your help and generosity, we can reach and even surpass our new goal of $3500!
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My mother and I have traveled safely to and from Malawi to deliver the supplies and educate the girls about their periods and the importance of staying in school! I am so thankful for our hosts, Rogers, Dickson, and Evelyn, as well as to the school administrators for allowing us to service 300 girls in just two days! Thank you to everyone who has donated and stay tuned for future fundraising drives!
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Months of planning, organizing, meetings, and fundraising have culminated into this moment. On Tuesday, my dear friends Dickson Chikwakwa, Rodgers Khofi, and Evelyn Gomani completed the final phase of the Malawi Girl Project by distributing the feminine items to 250 girls in three schools! I am so elated to share this news with you all and to show you how your generosity has positively impacted the lives of so many students in need. PLEASE SHARE this post so that we can continue to spread the word about what we are doing with the Malawi Girl Project. This is only the beginning!
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The items have arrived in Malawi! Stay tuned for the progression of the project!
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WE DID IT!

Not only did we meet our $2500 goal, but we surpassed it, thanks to the generosity of all of our donors! Phase 1 of this project is finally complete and I hope that you all will stay tuned for updates regarding the shipment and delivery of all the supplies to the girls who have been eagerly awaiting them.

Thank you all SOOOO much for liking, sharing, and contributing to this campaign to ensure its success. I am so excited to begin Phase 2 and I cannot wait to take you all along for the ride!
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Raised by 64 people in 38 months
Created December 8, 2015
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Annette Bradford
10 months ago

I pray the lord keeps blessing you on the missionary for his people

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