Beatrice was always competitive, even if her community didn't believe in her. When she met Vanessa, she knew she needed to get involved and provide the encouragement she never received.
Combined with systemic poverty, the state of girls' education is dire in Malawi. Girls are under-enrolled in school 2:1 compared to boys nationwide, and in many rural areas almost 6:1.
Girls are under-enrolled in school 2:1
Child marriage is a serious issue in Malawi, despite the 2017 amendment raising the age of marriage to 18. Roughly 46% of girls are married underage, 9% before they are even 15.
46% of girls married before they're 18
Food security is a constant concern for many families. 37 percent of Malawian children, which is about 1.4 million, suffer from stunted growth because they are chronically under-nourished.