Mercy Sibande, Malawi Country Director, holds a fund from which girls are given small grants for items such as soap, transport, writing materials. All payments made are recorded by Mercy and reported quarterly.
Initially the provision of reusable sanitary wear was part of this Ready to Learn Fund but it quickly became apparent that all of our girls need these sanitary items and so we have fundraised separately in order to provide these without pressure on the Ready to Learn Fund. The reusable sanitary wear is sourced from Supreme Malawi, a Malawian business in Nkhata Bay, with whom we have an excellent relationship.
Each of our funding streams includes a budget for the Ready to Learn Fund but meeting the needs of the girls is not constrained by that budget; if core MMF funding is needed to supplement a particular funding stream in order to meet a need, it is used.
It is possible to donate to MMF and ask for that donation to be allocated to the Ready to Learn Fund or to the provision of sanitary wear.
“R2L Fund is helping our girls, if it was not there some of these girls would not be able to accomplish their goal of secondary education although fees already paid for them.“ Mercy Sibande