International Day of the Girl Child 2020

On Sunday 11th October we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. The girl child is fundamental to our mission and our work. We believe that the education of girls and women is essential to the well-being and development of any nation. On this day we are pleased to launch a new report on the subject of girls’ education and the contribution which the Mamie Martin Fund makes. 

The report is based on the research of Anna Freidenfeld as part of her MSc in International Development at the University of Edinburgh. It sets out the current situation relating to girls’ education and summarises the literature about it.

While we can only ever support a small number of girls at school (138 this year) Anna’s research found that 81% of MMF-supported girls successfully completed secondary school. This figure compares very favourably with the most recent Malawi-wide data from UNESCO which recorded that school completion in Malawi stood at just 21% in 2013. Anna also found that MMF’s work is effective in supporting girls with day-to-day expenses. This is because we take a holistic view, providing some money for the necessities which the girls cannot afford and without which they could not remain at school. 

We can only support the girl child with your help and are grateful to all our donors and supporters. The best thing that you can do to help us continue this work for girls’ education is to sign up to a regular donation, however small. It is our small, regular donors who are our financial backbone. On behalf of the girl child in Malawi, thanks for all your support.  

Esmelda Chirwa, Master in Public Health

Esmelda and Moira

At a joyous ceremony in Glasgow on 26th November 2019, Esmelda Chirwa was awarded a Masters Degree in Public Health with distinction. Esmelda has been a student at Glasgow Caledonian University since September 2018. She is from Blantyre in Malawi and has acted as an advisor to our Board for most of her time here. We have appreciated her input and advice during our discussions. She spoke to our AGM in October about girls’ education in Malawi. She told us how lucky she has been in terms of education but provided statistics to illustrate her point that many Malawian girls are seriously disadvantaged in terms of education.

Esmelda returns to Malawi this week and we wish her well in her future career. With committed, hardworking and socially conscious young women like her, Malawi’s future seems bright.

MMF Trustee, Moira Dunworth, was privileged to be able to celebrate her graduation with Esmelda and her family.