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Impact with Pride

A 2-year review of our 2022 & 2023 program impact with a snapshot into 2024 and beyond

A brief history

Why Malawi?

  • Malawi remains one of the world’s least developed countries, ranked 174 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (Unicef, 2021)
  • Inflation is over 25%; fuel prices doubled through 2022-23
    (Reserve Bank of Malawi, 2023)
  • 71% of the population live on less than US$1.90 per day (below the income poverty line)
    (UNDP, 2019)
  • Early school dropout, especially for girls, is prevalent; only 33% complete primary education; 8% complete secondary… 25% of young women (aged 15-24) are illiterate
    (UNICEF, 2023)
  • 42% of women aged 20–24 are married before they turn 18; Malawi has a 29% teenage pregnancy rate and 20% of girls experience sexual abuse before the age of 18
    (Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Malawi, National and District Level Factsheets, 2019)
  • Half of Malawi’s 20 million population are youth aged 10-35
    (World Bank, 2023)

BPF-delivered programs in Malawi

Reconnect & Pass it Back | In partnership with ChildFund

Over 3 seasons, 54 coaches (30 female) delivered 1,564 integrated sports and life skills sessions and 6 competitions to 147 teams and 2,144 players (53% female) in 5 communities in Lilongwe, leading to the following outcomes:

Sports skills and life skills outcomes

Participants are assessed in terms of the development of their sports skills and life skills. Sports skills focus on four key skills relevant to becoming ‘game-ready’ in the players’ chosen sport stream, i.e., netball or non-contact rugby. Life skills focus on learning in three key areas:

  • Improved knowledge and attitudes around understanding gender, i.e. promoting respect and equality between boys and girls
  • Improved social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies
  • Setting a SMART personal goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound)

Key outcomes

  • 4 in 5 players improved their non-contact rugby and netball skills
  • 50% of participants improved their life skills; contextually, this represents significant progress given the limited exposure young Malawians have to the topics addressed in the curriculum
  • 2 in 3 set a SMART goal

Coaches improved their capabilities to deliver life skills and social and emotional learning (SEL) development outcomes, with an increase seen in the coverage of participants with improved competencies across each season.

The time taken to embed knowledge and positive attitudes regarding gender and rights, along with capabilities to deliver an integrated sport for development curriculum, is evident in the graph below, which shows steady progress and improvement. To ensure the current trajectory is maintained, BPF Malawi plans to build on coach capabilities by delivering continued professional development (CPD) and coach training workshops, assigning coaches to new programs and projects (e.g. C4D and other S4D initiatives) which, in turn, will scale the NGO’s number of trained coaches.

Key learning: Safe and inclusive environment

Coach-player relationships have strengthened over time as BPF Malawi’s coaches have become more adept at implementing principles and best practice which supports fun, safe and engaging learning activities for participants.

By season 3, over 80% of girls believe their coaches provide a safe, inclusive and participatory learning environment. Against the backdrop of the social challenges young Malawians face, especially girls, this shows a positive shift towards increased levels of respect and equality.

Looking ahead…

With ChildFund funding uncertain and with valuable lessons learnt through our partnership, our fundraising, operational and strategic focus turns to our S4D work with YST International, supplementary education activities and BPF Malawi’s ever-improving C4D program.

PRIDE STORY: Thokozire

At 22 years old, Thokozire is a rising star at BPF. She has demonstrated a strong focus on development, not just with herself but also her community.

Since finishing secondary school, Thokozire has been playing netball with her club, moving up to the senior team, while also studying computing part time. In 2022, Thokozire joined BPF as a netball coach and her dedication was immediately evident. She consistently embodied BPF’s PRIDE values and worked tirelessly to improve the life skills of her players. Her coaching led her team to victory in both the season 1 and season 2 netball competitions.

Thokozire’s talent and leadership were quickly spotted. For seasons 2 and 3, she was selected as a life skills trainer and became a coach supervisor in season 3, providing valuable guidance and feedback for coaches, supporting program implementation, monitoring and data management.

“I’ve gained life skills which have empowered me personally and financially – I’ve also been supporting my family. Being promoted to coach supervisor is actively helping me achieve my goal of becoming a professional sports administrator.”

Thokozire

Clubs for Development (C4D)

Empowering communities through youth club sport

Goal: To develop inclusive community netball and non-contact rugby clubs which promote youth development through sport and life skills.

In its inaugural year, BPF Malawi’s Clubs for Development (C4D) program – an initiative based on a refined model first launched in 2017 – has made transformative progress. BPF Malawi recruited eight dedicated coaches – four specialising in netball and four in non-contact rugby – to spearhead community activities.

Our pilot year saw the enrolment of 343 participants (aged 10-17, 51% female), at the Mtema Community Centre. Encouraged by our success, discussions with Lilongwe District authorities led to approval for expansion.

Through our focus on inclusivity, four children with disabilities joined the program, breaking local barriers and fostering acceptance.

Together, we’re shaping brighter futures through youth sports, a journey of empowerment, collaboration and inclusivity.

The journey’s only just begun

Additionally, our efforts extend beyond the highlights mentioned. We’ve conducted nine monthly coach meetings, facilitated access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services for 74 young people and established 10 new partnerships, including with organisations like Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) and the Malawi Rugby Union.

We’ve actively engaged stakeholders through two District Executive Committee meetings and two Youth and Sports Technical Working Groups. Safety remains a priority, alongside progression; we’ve provided First Aid training to all coaches and introduced World Rugby’s T1 non-contact rugby resources.

Moving forward, we’re committed to expanding our impact through increased community outreach and C4D activities.

PRIDE STORY: Chrispine

Meet Chrispine, a 23-year-old artist from Lilongwe. Chrispine’s journey hasn’t been easy. Growing up, he fell in with a bad crowd, engaging in antisocial behaviour and “squandering money aimlessly”. However, everything changed when he joined BPF in 2021 as a rugby player.

Through BPF’s programs, Chrispine found purpose. Transitioning from player to coach a year later, he gained invaluable life skills and forged meaningful friendships. His transformation extends beyond the rugby field; he now presents himself with “dignity and pride”.

Financial stability followed. Chrispine’s stipends from BPF has enabled him to support his family, including his sister’s education. While he initially postponed his own studies to prioritise his family’s needs, he “hopes to resume them soon”. Yet, his ambitions extend further. Inspired by his BPF journey, Chrispine aspires to coach the Malawi national rugby team and he even dreams of coaching abroad.

Chrispine’s story is a testament to the transformative power of support and opportunity, showcasing how one person’s journey from hardship to hope can uplift entire communities.

“I have started a tomato and dried fish business at the local market. This will enable me to return to education next year.”

Chrispine

ACHINYAMATA TIKAMBILANE

Increasing youth access to SRHR information

Implemented in collaboration with The Mercury Phoenix Trust, this project (“Youth Discuss” in English) has reached significant milestones. It operates across 5 government secondary schools, 1 private secondary school and BPF Malawi’s Mtema community centre, spanning 3 Traditional Authorities in Lilongwe District. Young people aged 15-25 actively participate in awareness sessions, gaining access to vital sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and comprehensive sexuality education (CSE).

To sustain and enhance the impact we’re making, we have outlined future planned activities. These include extending the project to higher learning institutions, such as universities, establishing regular mentor meetings within targeted secondary schools, increasing parental engagement on sexuality education, expanding the target age range to align with national youth policy standards, and implementing additional interventions to support young people with disabilities.

PRIDE STORY: Esther

Esther’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 decided to join BPF’s Achinyamata Tikambilane program, curious to learn more about comprehensive sexuality education.

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, providing menstrual hygiene solutions and information.

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.”

Esther

BILD MALAWI

Youth Sport Trust International conducted a scoping visit in Lilongwe in March 2023 to explore the potential for a fully funded 4-year youth leadership and sport for development program with Bhubesi Pride Foundation in Malawi.

With the partnership now formally approved, plans are underway (with a project manager appointed) for activities to progress through 2024 and beyond.

The program is titled ‘BILD’ Malawi (Beckwith International Leadership Development). Targeted outcomes include:

  • Improved health and wellbeing for program participants
  • Increased empowerment and aspirational goal-setting
  • Improved sports abilities and educational attainment

“Our values align and we absolutely want to achieve the same thing for young people in Malawi.”

Helen Vost, Managing Director, YST International

Watch our scoping visit video with YST International

BPF Malawi | Management & Operations staff

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