Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. And to add to the challenges that the country faces because of that, the pandemic has pushed the children’s rights movement back by at least 30 years. If not more. Children not being at school means they are at home, or on the streets, and as a result, so vulnerable to abuse. Child abuse of all kinds has increased exponentially as a result of the pandemic.

And due to these dynamics, Malawi lacks the structure to support girls and women who have been victims of abuse.

Chance for Change helps them by teaching interpersonal skills, helping them gain more confidence, and helps them break out of the vicious cycle of shame and vulnerability.

But the challenge is that even after the girls and women understand that what they have been facing is abuse and that it’s wrong, many times they have to go back to the places where it continues to take place.

Chance for change has already created a successful programme, aimed at male young offenders, that offers them a second chance in life. They do this through entrepreneurial skills training and the structure of a loan facility, which makes it possible for them to build a better life.

This TIE project would be adapting the entrepreneurial skills programme focused on these boys, with the learnings from the loan facility, to help them create a similar structure and programme for these girls. Providing them with a second chance in life. And a chance for change.