Malawians has been asked to vote for ‘Project Dignity’ in Youth Entrepreneurship Competition under Youth Activist Category, a project which is being championed by a Malawian based Entrepreneur, Innovator and Activist Natasha Annie Tonthola.
Tonthola said in an interview that if her Project Dignity succeeds in the competition will boost her plans to keep more Malawian girls in school, a development she has been running since 2011 through Mama Africa Foundation Trust (MAFT), a non-profit organisation which mainly targets on Malawian- girl education, hygienic, youth empowerment among others.
“Through experience as an orphan and a victim of early marriage, school dropout, early pregnancy and gender based violence I have learnt a lot. From 2012 up to date I have been implementing a Dignity Project to help to keep girls in school and I believe once my project wins the competition, we are going to reach a lot of girls in the country,” said Tonthola. According to Tonthola through Project Dignity she came out with her own designed ladies panties and washable pads to make sure that girl do not miss classes during menstruation and do not drop out of school due to lack of appropriate sanitary wear.
“I have so far managed to identify 300 marginalized girls across the country and are beneficiaries of my project. Once my project is voted and wins, the number of beneficiaries will be increased because that means we will have many partners who will support Project Dignity,” she said. She further recalled: “For some years now I have been campaigning for girl rights. I have conducted 70 Primary Schools outreach programmes to sensitize girls against early marriages, school dropouts, drug and substances abuse, how to cope with adolescent age, career talks in HIV/ AIDS and I am dreaming to do much to the country.”
Natasha Tonthola officially launched her campaign to keep Malawian girls in school and has this year got her first nomination among 5 shortlisted for Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel Civicus Innovation Awards under Youth Activist for her efforts to liberate a girl child, a category that attracted 107 entries.
To vote for the initiative, follow this link and scroll down to the voting button: http://tinyurl.com/Vote4Dignity