Badilika Foundation

Badilika Foundation

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ACHIEVEMENTS

1. The foundation under the DREAMS IC Project, has managed to support 900 adolescent girls and young women to return and remain in school.

2. Currently, a referral system is in place for the AGYW(Adolescent Girls and Young Women) to access youth friendly health services as well as community/social services in their communities.

3. The project has also formed in-school girl clubs and has trained peer educators to facilitate the referral linkages.

4. Through community dialogue sessions, the organisation is able to reach out to members of the communities in Zomba with information of HIV/AIDS, dangers of harmful cultural practices and the relevance of girl's education to the Malawi nation.


Malawi will not win the fight against HIV and AIDS unless girls and young women are empowered socially and economically.”
 

Background and Legal Status

Badilika Foundation registered in 2014 as a Non-Governmental Organisation under the Ministry of Justice. Besides this, it also registered in 2007 with the Blantyre City Council as a Community Based Organisation(CBO).  The organisation is also a registered member of Malawi Network Of AIDS Service Organisations (MANASO) and Council for Non Governmental organisations in Malawi (CONGOMA). The Organisation was started by a group of church members who were passionate about the need to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They recognised girls and young women to be disproportionality affected by the pandemic. They recognised that this group was discriminated against and lacked support. Therefore, Badilika Foundation has made a commitment to fighting for their rights.

VISION

A society where women and girls are empowered and able to exercise their rights and free to participate in the development processes of their communities.

MISSION

Our mission is to use integrated, holistic, community-based efforts to socially and economically empower vulnerable women and girls.

OBJECTIVES

Objective 1: Combat extreme poverty of vulnerable women and girls through education and vocational skills training.

Objective 2: Ensure that laws, policies and programmes are gender sensitive and supportive to poor women and girls.

Objective 3: Encourage community action to reduce HIV infection.

Objective 4: Promote access to quality health and holistic social services.

ACTIVITIES

1. Provide education support to underage prostitutes and needy girls in secondary schools.

2. Conduct vocational skills training to women and girls.

3. Provide small loans for businesses.

4. Capacity development of key stakeholders on human rights and gender issues.

5. Provide information and education on gender and human rights issues.

6. Facilitate access to legal assistance and services to rural women and sex workers.

7. Disseminate information on HIV and AIDS and behavior change.

8. Conduct mobilization campaigns to promote PMTCT and reproductive health services.

9. Support community group discussions on HIV/AIDS, human rights and savings/loans schemes.

10. Empower sex workers to negotiate for safer sex.

11. Run a drop in centre where sex workers are able to access information on various issues.

12. Conduct community campaigns on HIV testing and condom distribution using mobile transport.

13. Establish partnership with health centres to increase access to quality, friendly and non-discriminatory health services.

14. Provide sustainable safe water solutions to rural women and their families.

 

DREAMS IC-GIRLS EDUCATION SUPPORT(GES) PROJECT

GES PROJECT .

The GES project is aimed at reducing HIV incidences amongst adolescent girls and young women(AGYW) aged 15 to 24 in Zomba, TA Chikowi and Mlumbe. The project's focus area is keeping girls in school.

  1.  To provide secondary school scholarships to adolescent girls and young women.
  2.  Provision of bicycles for transportation to and from school.
  3.  Help parents of AGYW to engage in business and support the education of their children.
  4. Improve knowledge of HIV and SRH amongst girls and the communities they live in.
  5. Improve access to youth friendly health services.
  6. Reduce gender based violence amongst AGYW.
 

The project is being funded by President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through (JSI) John Snow Inc as the funds manager for DREAMS Innovation challenge. The project's objectives are as follows:

  1. To increase the number of girls who enroll in and complete Secondary school by 40% by Sept. 2018.
  2. To improve knowledge of HIV and encourage protective behavior among young women and adolescent girls by 60% by Sept. 2018.
  3. To increase access to youth friendly HIV/AIDS services, including reproductive health services among adolescent girls and young women.
  4. To reduce gender inequities, violence, discrimination and unequal power relations that fuel the HIV epidemic among adolescent girls and young women.

 
 

SUCCESSES

One of the most outstanding cases of young mothers going back to school is from Maera Community Day Secondary School located in Traditional Authority Mlumbe . There Badilika Foundation supports Judith Mushani born on 2nd December 1998 who is a double orphan from Nthita Village. Judith comes from a child headed home. Her father died when she was 4 years old and her mother passed away when she was in standard five. She moved in to stay with her uncle who also died the year that she sat for her Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination (Standard 8). Her grandmother took her in but she also died later. Due to problems she was forced into a forced early marriage and now she has a baby boy. “I got selected to start form one but I failed to enroll into secondary school because of the death of my uncle who was supporting my education. I really wanted school and i used to pray. So i am glad that God has answered my prayers with the coming in of Badilika Foundation i have been given a chance to go back to school. Badilika pays for my tuition fees, provides school uniforms and other scholastic support. I can now confidently see my future as bright.”

Judith, A young mother returns to school

Bellow are students from Chingale Secondary School under DREAMS IC Project,Girls Education support (GES). 

Beneficiaries from Chingale Secondary School, Zomba

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Strategic Partnerships

Working in partnerships is essential in that, it improves project perfomance and reduces duplication of efforts amongst partners working towards the same goal. Some of the partners have been listed below.

Partners Include:

  • Ministry of Health (MoH)
  • Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST),
  • Zomba District Social Welfare Office(DSWO),
  • Ministry of Energy and Mining.
  • DREAMS Core partners,
  • Camfed
  • Save the children
  • FHI-360
  • Village Reach
  • One Community
  • Centre for Human Rights, Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA).

Badilika Foundation has managed to motivate dropped out girls and young mothers to return to school.  842 adolescent girls (representing 93% of the target population of 900) are girls and young mothers that had dropped out due to lack of fees, early pregnancy, distance and lack of fees. However, the coming of the GES project has made it possible for many adolescent girls to have access to education. For example, Nanjiri community day secondary school is one of the school that is being targeted under this project. At this school, almost all girls in the form 1 class are under the Girls Education Support (GES) bursary.