Alexander and Salileji Waya Foundation
Explain your project in details:
Alexander and Salileji Waya foundation is a non-profit organisation which has been established with the aim of empowering women and girls that have dropped out of school to go back and complete their education. Our objectives are to empower girls to stay in school. Motivate those girls that dropped out of school due to various reasons such as early pregnancies or marriage, to go back to school and get educated. Provide financial and material support to needy, deserving, hardworking and outstanding students include those who dropped out of school regardless of their physical, mental and social status. We also aim at partnering with organizations doing similar work in order to reduce school dropout rates of girls in this country and also in partnership with such organisations, fight child marriages which is the major contributor to high dropout rates in the country especially in rural areas of Malawi. Our main focus is on government schools especially in the rural areas. With the help of the staff in primary and secondary schools, we will be able to pick out the most outstanding students based on academic performance, hardworking spirit and their enthusiasm to learn.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The Alexander and Salileji Waya aims at promoting girl education regardless of their physical, mental and social status in Malawi. By doing so, we will be increasing the percentage of educated females in Malawi hence ensuring that girls have an equal shot to education as much as boys do. We look forward to seeing in world in which there is Gender equality in education through empowering girls and supporting them to stay in school.
Sustainability and future plans
This foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims at helping female students regardless of their physical, mental and social status in government primary and secondary schools. Funds to run this organisation will be sourced through fundraising activities and also monetary donations from members of this foundation. We will also seek financial support from potential donors to fund various activities including community outreach to empower girls and also select potential scholarship recipients and also to use the same money from donors to fund the scholarships. Currently, we are supporting two girls considering this foundation just became operational this year and we are looking forward to increase the number of scholarship recipients next academic year (Begins September, 2017) after sourcing funds through fundraising activities to be conducted from now till when the academic year begins.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Chimwemwe Waya. I was born on 4 February 1995 in Blantyre, Malawi. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (HONS) obtained from the University of Malawi, College of Medicine. I was born in a family of five girls. Most people thought our parents were unfortunate for having daughters only but they never gave up on us and 4 of us have graduated from university with Bachelors degrees. We are blessed to have parents that educated us, encouraged and supported us all through our education a privilege that most girls out there especially in the rural areas of Malawi do not have. We thought it wise to give back to our community by helping the needy and deserving female students in our government schools by providing them with necessary learning materials and supporting them financially. We are also looking at empowering girls in government schools and helping those who dropped out to go back and get their education back on track. This is all under the Alexander and Salileji Waya Foundation named after our parents for they are the source of our inspiration. As am speaking, the foundation is undergoing registration. I and my 3 sisters, Grace Ngosi, Martha Waya and Lucy Waya, we are the founders of this non-profit organisation.