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Esnart Chigaru

An inspirational Malawian personal story

From challenges to triumphs: This is the story of Esnart Chigaru.

Born on 22 November 1995 in Lilongwe, Esnart faced a life-changing event aged six months when a fire accident led to the amputation of her right leg, necessitating the use of crutches for mobility.

Life was challenging for Esnart until she became involved with Bhubesi Pride Foundation (BPF) in 2012. She started as a volunteer for BPF’s legacy project, supporting Malawian and visiting volunteer coaches by collecting data.

Despite her disability, she walked 2.5 km daily from her home in Chikhuthe Village to attend Mzumanzi Community Day Secondary School. With support from BPF’s program coordinator and the Special Needs Education Directorate, Esnart was transferred to Chayamba Secondary Boarding School and received tuition sponsorship, enabling her to earn a Malawi School Certificate of Education in 2015.

Today, Esnart continues to assist BPF when needed. In 2022 and 2023, Esnart volunteered with BPF Malawi’s Sport for Development team, taking on roles such as Director of Ceremonies and as the Safeguarding Lead during tournament days. She was also elected Treasurer for the Achinyamata Tikambilane (Youth Discuss) Club at BPF Malawi’s Mtema community centre.

“Through stipends from BPF and other NGOs, I’ve purchased land, built a house, and I run a small business selling tomatoes and vegetables. I’m also now a certified Child Protection Practitioner with the Ministry of Gender and Community Development.”

Esnart Chigaru

Esnart’s life has transformed through learning life skills and rugby values (and BPF’s Pride values), allowing her to make new friends and integrate into her community. Looking ahead, Esnart aims to further her studies and qualify as a social worker or pursue vocational training.

Esnart Chigaru’s journey from adversity to achievement is a testament to resilience, community support, and the power of education and sports. Her story is a source of inspiration for all, and a call to continued action with our partners, sponsors, and supporters.

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