Annual Female Empowerment Hike in September
Team Goal: A team of women will come together to support girls and women in Malawi! They will hike together to symbolize the uphill battle girls face to become educated in patriarchal rural Malawi. They will summit the mountain and additionally fundraise the school tuition and support for girls. The individual goal of each hiker is to support one or two girls for a year at a secondary school or college.
Hike: Day hike on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 (9 mile hike) on the Pumpelly Trail on Mt. Monadnock in Dublin, NH.
Mission: Join us on a weekend hike for girls! Let’s work together to get in shape, get stronger and ascend 9 miles for girls’ education. On September 9th, 2017 we had a team of 14, with 10 who climbed for girls! We are working on raising $15,000 together in 2018, and raised $10,480 in 2017 as a team.
Girls in rural, patriarchal areas of Malawi are often raised with the lone expectations to be mothers and wives. They are often kept out of school and groomed to marry young. There are many daunting obstacles that cause young Malawian girls to drop out of school or prevent them from even attending primary and secondary school. There is no free public education after 8th grade and many children have to walk long distances to attend school. If rural families do have financial means to pay for school tuition, it is often used for their sons, as the girls stay behind to help take care of household duties, such as fetching water and collecting firewood. Girls that do not attend school are vulnerable, more likely to stay in poverty and often become victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Go! Malawi, a nonprofit that supports girls and provides educational opportunities and scholarships for girls has stepped in to work with the community to change the attitudes and foster the importance of education in the rural district of Ntchisi, Malawi. Together with the chiefs, local school board members and teachers, the number of girls attending Go! Malawi’s education programs, passing the Standard 8 Leaving Exam, attending and completing secondary school and having success, are increasing! Please consider joining this team and taking the step toward ending gender inequality and domestic violence!
Our Group Mission: We are ascending mountains and together building courage and confidence and a better future for girls!
We are hiking for young Malawian girls, to help them climb over their own obstacles and attend school and reach success. Our team goal is to annually send 30 girls to secondary school and college on full scholarships by raising $15,000. This money will pay for 30 full scholarships for girls (tuition, books, uniforms, housing, food, medical needs), fund education camps during school vacations and provide family coaching and counseling in regard to gender equality. These girls will gain confidence through their experiences and support from Go! Malawi, and slowly we can help bridge that gender gap in this rural area! Every step we take on our hike will be with the challenges these young girls face on our minds and each step will be one step closer to breaking down these barriers. As we hike we will be celebrating the female spirit, one that when strong, births a successful nation!
Group Support: We will support each other to reach our health goals, as well as our individual fundraising goals!
Together we can empower girls and women in Ntchisi, Malawi!
Team Member Commitment: Each hiking participant is asked to fundraise $450 for Go! Malawi. The fundraising goal’s soft deadline is September 8th, 2018 with a hard deadline of January 1st, 2019. Each participant will be assigned a female student beneficiary of which they will be providing their school tuition and support! Hikers will be given photos and a bio of the student they are supporting for the full year. They will (if desired) be provided accommodations in Dublin, NH and dinner. We wish for women to join us who want to improve the opportunities for vulnerable girls in a patriarchal society.
Mt. Monadnock’s beautiful Pumpelly Trail begins on Lake Road in Dublin, NH. You may stay in a house Saturday night in Dublin on the lake.