Girls & Women Empowerment
At Othakarhaka Foundation, our primary goal under our Girl and Women Empowerment Programs is to enrich the lives of girls and young women, empowering them to overcome the challenges that impact their destinies.
Girls' Art Empowerment Camp
Held during school holidays, our camp provides girls with the opportunity to explore various artistic disciplines, including poetry, dance, music, English storytelling, and education on Sexual Reproductive Health. We also focus on girls’ sanitation, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to boost their confidence and resilience in our often challenging society.
Girls Educational Sponsorship
We sponsor girls’ secondary and tertiary education, covering tuition, exam fees, and essential school materials. Additionally, we distribute bicycles to girls who face long journeys to school. Thanks to our partnership with idemandaccess.org, we support more than 400 girls attending government schools in Malawi. As a result, 156 girls have escaped forced marriages and returned to school, while 48 girls have been accepted into public universities, pursuing fields such as medicine, chemistry, and engineering.
Empowering Teen Mothers through Fashion Design
Othakarhaka Foundation established a sewing school dedicated to providing tailored training for teen mothers who face challenges returning to traditional schooling. These young women are given the opportunity to learn the art of fashion design. Upon completing their training, they are equipped with a starter pack that includes a sewing machine, allowing them to kickstart their own tailoring businesses.
Our unique approach includes an agreement where these empowered teen mothers commit to repaying our organization over 10 months. This funding is then used to support the next cohort of aspiring students.