Bwami is an organization that seeks to end child marriage, improve menstrual hygiene, stop all harmful traditional practices and to end gender discrimination, all through the breaking of cultural silence.
For many young girls in my country, child marriage is a way of life that was made their own without their blessing. One that robs them of the power of choice, the magic of their child wonder and the chance of a normal childhood. Along with this are several harmful traditional practices that further perpetuate child marriage. Young girls are groomed for marriage at a very young age, with very few of them going to school or completing their education. Many of these girls, in rural areas especially, cannot even afford a pack of pads worth as little as K10. They instead resort to unhygienic alternatives. In these communities boys are the preferred choice for who should go to school as they believe a girl child is of better use married.
It is for this reason that Bwami exists, to put an end to this. Bwami therefore, gave birth to a club called Chimwemwe in a rural community school. The club holds reusable sanitary towels workshops, it holds mentorship classes that inspire boys to be gender equality advocates and empowers girls to be young leaders.
It is my goal to create a rural network of Chimwemwe clubs country wide, that will help free, protect and change the lives of so many.
In order to achieve this Bwami needs your support, as funding such an ambitious venture will have its challenges. With your support this big dream can be that much more achieved. And so I say, join Bwami and break the cultural silence!