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Esther & Joyful

Personal impact stories from Malawi's warm heart

Esther’s story

Esther Banda’s story begins with her interest in extracurricular activities at Jamo Secondary School. Though hesitant due to past experiences with HIV/AIDS learning clubs, Esther decides to join BPF’s Achinyamata Tikambilane club (“Let Youth Discuss” in English), curious about learning more about Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).

As Esther engages with the club, she discovers a passion for making reusable sanitary pads. Despite doubts about her skills, she embraces the challenge and learns to create them herself, addressing concerns about menstrual poverty.

Through her determination, Esther not only manages her own menstrual hygiene but also becomes an entrepreneur, selling pads to her community. Empowered by her journey, Esther returns to her school and community, providing menstrual hygiene solutions and information. Through resilience and determination, Esther’s journey exemplifies the transformative power of seizing opportunities and making a difference.

“I hope my story inspires others to pursue positive change projects like mine.”

Joyful’s story

In rural Lilongwe, young Joyful faced personal and family struggles, battling isolation and limited social opportunities, casting uncertainty on his future. In 2016, an opportunity arose to join Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s rugby program and the local ‘Bhubesi Falcons’ youth sports club. Despite lacking experience, Joyful eagerly joined their sessions, discovering more than just a game but a supportive community that helped him confront his challenges. Financial strain from injuries and his mother’s concerns tested his resolve, but he persisted, buoyed by the support.

“Carrying the weight of my father’s passing in 2014, I found comfort and guidance through rugby and with BPF – I was able to manage my emotions and find hope.”

Along his journey, Joyful gained valuable insights, a passion for helping others, and he set ambitious goals for his education and beyond, aiming to inspire positive change through sports in his community. Joyful’s story underscores the transformative power of community support and sports, showcasing resilience in adversity and the need for opportunities in marginalised areas. As he continues his journey, Joyful stands as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to pursue their dreams with determination, embodying the potential for change within his community.

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