Elvas Benadeta Singini is an orphan, like so many young people in Malawi today. She attended a rural primary school and was then selected to Ekwendeni Girls’ Secondary School. Her pastor brought her situation to the attention of the school and she received Mamie Martin Fund support for each of her four years there – 2004-2007. In the video below she tells us about her work now.
In her final year at school, she was encouraged to apply for a vacancy advertised by 500 Miles, an NGO which supports disabled people in Africa by providing prosthetic and orthotic devices. She got that job and was supported by her employer to study in Tanzania for her Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics from 2010 to 2013.
She went on to do further professional studies on a distance learning basis, with some study in Thailand, and is now a Senior Prosthetist and Orthotist at Mzuzu Central Hospital. She is a highly-valued member of her team and recently represented 500 Miles at the same Malawi-Scotland Partnership meeting as the Mamie Martin Fund Trustees. What a lovely reunion that was!