Women Inspire Foundation- a fast growing female community aimed at helping women and girls realise their full potential- recently trained 120 young women volunteers at College of Medicine in Blantyre.
In an emailed response to a questionnaire, the organisation’s deputy director Rejoice Namale said the organisation largely relies on volunteers and their training equipped them with skills for efficiency.
“We put much emphasis on excellence and dedication, so, we do not just send anyone into the community to operate as they wish.
It is this commitment to excellence, therefore, that prompted the executive committee of the foundation to structure a comprehensive training package.
Trained volunteers are expected to have a good foundation to go into communities and produce the intended impact.
“The training package comprised communication basics, community development basics, volunteerism basics and fundraising basics,” she said.
Women Inspire funds itself. However, most of the members are college-aged, so they depend on their own efforts to meet monetary needs for the organisation.
“It is not always easy, but we forge on. This has been our major challenge,” she said.
Namale called on young women to attend the volunteer trainings and register as Women Inspire volunteers so that, jointly, they can reach out to more girls and inspire them into a better future.
“We believe that our first beneficiaries are our own volunteers and so the training has also been structured to focus on developing the volunteer as an individual, not only building her as a tool to work in the community,” she explained.
The foundation is currently running two programmes namely Msungwana Wa Lero and Tsogolo Lathu.
Since its inception, it has reached out to hundreds of women and girls in areas of civic leadership, education and career guidance.
They currently have projects in Ndirande, Blantyre; Chinsapo in Lilongwe and Tom Allan Village in Zomba.