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We are thrilled to partner with the Events DC Nation’s Triathlon for our 6th annual Tri for Malawi Team Challenge! At AGE Africa, our mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development. Every September, sixty athletes, including the Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi to the United States, compete in the Nation’s Triathlon to honor AGE Africa’s scholars who walk a triathlon-sized distance every week just to attend school. In 2016, we invite you to join our team to help change the lives of 200 disadvantaged young women in Malawi.

Why We Tri: Meet AGE Africa Scholar, Chisomo

When she was younger, Chisomo had a heart condition that had to be treated at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. Today, Chisomo is healthy, but she knows that without the doctors who helped her, she would not be in school.

AGE Blog GraphicAt twelve years old, Chisomo attends St. Mary’s Secondary School. In a country where 50% of girls are married before the age of 18, Chisomo believes in the power of girls’ education to reduce child marriage rates. However, her parents, a builder and a small business owner, do not have the financial resources to cover her school fees in full.

At AGE Africa, we tri for talented young women in Malawi like Chisomo who dream of staying in school! For the 2015/2016 school year, Chisomo is one of AGE Africa’s 200 scholarship recipients, but there are still many other girls like Chisomo, who are forced to drop out of school due to high levels of poverty and gender disparity.

How Can I Help?

“It was truly an honor to play a small role in the lives of the young women of AGE Africa. My short run of the leg of the triathlon did not compare to the determination and sacrifice these brave young women endure every day for an education. Thank you for letting me be part of their journey.” 

– Concepcion, AGE Africa supporter and athlete

In Malawi, only 6% of women nationwide hold a high school diploma, yet 88% of AGE Africa’s scholarship recipients finish all four years of secondary school! Join the Tri for Malawi Team Challenge to support AGE Africa’s comprehensive scholarship program in Malawi. This year, our goal is to raise $150,000 to ensure that 200 underprivileged young women receive scholarships this fall! To learn more or to sign up for the Tri for Malawi, visit www.ageafrica.org or email triathlon@ageafrica.org.

 

Author: Claudia Gonzalez serves as the Development Assistant at Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa).

AGE Africa

AGE Africa’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development. Our vision is that all girls in Africa will have equal access to education, and that young scholars will be empowered through their own learning to be leaders in their communities and beyond. Whereas in Malawi 6% of women nationwide hold a high school diploma, nearly 90% of AGE Africa’s scholarship recipients graduate from secondary school. To learn more, go to www.ageafrica.org.