Monthly Nkhani (News)
Moni (hello), friend
Welcome to Advancing Girls' Education in Africa's (AGE Africa) new monthly newsletter. Nkhani means "news" in Chichewa, the official language of Malawi. Each month, our newsletter will feature a scholar story, updates on girls' education in Malawi, fun facts about Malawian language and culture, and ways to stay engaged with AGE Africa.

Here are our updates for June 2021!
Welcome to Our New Partner Schools!
AGE Africa is growing, thanks to your support and Jack Dorsey's #StartSmall philanthropic initiative! This past spring, we expanded our programming from 24 to 26 partner schools in southern Malawi.

We welcome our new scholars at Lisumbwi Secondary School in Mangochi (top picture) and Masongola Secondary School in Zomba (bottom picture). Knowing that tuition alone is not enough, the scholars will receive mentorship and life-skills programming to foster academic success. In the past year, these interventions have been essential in addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in 100% of our scholars safely returning to school.

With your ongoing support, AGE Africa looks forward to continuing to expand our projects and impact through scholarships, leadership training, and graduate transition support.

Girl by girl, school by school, village by village, we are transforming a nation together.

Picture: (from left to right) Tamandani's mother, Tamandani (in red) and her siblings, and mentor (Alinafe Nazombe) in Chitakali, Mulanje.
Featured Scholar: Tamandani Bernard
Tamandani is a 15-year-old in form two at Mulanje Secondary School. She is the first born in a family of three girls. Her parents are charcoal sellers.

During this term’s school break, Tamandani is attending summer lessons at a nearby school to make up for the losses encountered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a daily routine, Tamandani attends her holiday lessons, helps her parents with household chores, and finds time to study.

Tamandani’s dream is to become a secondary school teacher or a nurse. This is why she is working extra hard in school, even if it means regularly studying by flashlight after dark.

Ride for Malawi - September 25
Ride for Malawi is back on Saturday, September 25, 2021! Join AGE Africa as we ride through the streets of Washington, DC to support our scholars.

All About Malawi
Learn Chichewa: Greetings

Hello, how are you? – Muli bwanji?
I’m fine and you? – Ndili bwino, kaya inu?
I’m fine – Ndili bwino
How are you? (informal) – Boh boh? – Response: Boh
Malawi fact of the month: Lake Malawi is the most biodiverse lake in the world! New species of fish are discovered regularly and some scientists believe that the lake may contain more than 2,000 species.
Quote of the month: “I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart.” ― William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Follow AGE Africa on Social Media for more stories and updates!
Advancing Girls' Education in Africa