Our Water and Sanitation program continues to make a significant difference in the lives of students in rural Malawi. Read our latest blog to learn about how we support hygiene initiatives in primary schools in Dowa, Malawi.
Staff Highlight: Praise Padambo
As a young lady, Praise was raised in a typical Malawian village: Chipoka. There, she grew up witnessing social injustices such as forced marriages, school dropouts, and teenage marriages. In response, she developed a passion to confront such injustices. And she planned to use her particular skills and experiences to do so.
“I believe that communication is vital,” Praise says, “It is a cornerstone of societal development. It is the greatest weapon for fighting injustices.”
Praise holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Malawi Chancellor College. Before Orant, she worked as a Communications Assistant for Concern Worldwide Malawi. She is also the Co-founder of an initiative called Inspire Girls. This initiative aims to inspire and empower girls in remote areas where role models are virtually unavailable. It is based in Salima.
“I am so excited to join Orant,” Praise says, “I see it as a great opportunity for me to advance my career and fulfill my passion of advocating for social justice for all. I believe that my work with Orant will help to facilitate a sense of community participation.”
By involving community members in the telling of their own stories, Praise will respect and honor the lived experiences of Orant’s beneficiaries. There are many ways to inspire empowerment. Story is one of them.
The Orant Journal
It is always heartbreaking whenever a mother sees her child sick. For Consolatta Kazinga, the situation was worse as she watched her two children on hospital beds, suffering from sickle cell anemia and waiting to receive blood.
Many women in rural Malawi find themselves stuck in the poverty cycle due to lack of business capital. Our FEM Program works with such women, helping them transform their lives as they become independent. Learn more in our latest blog as Sophelet’s shares her story.