Fanny was supported by leaders in her community to go back to school ©UNFPA/2023
Chikwawa, MALAWI – Fanny Galeta didn’t know how to react when she was told by her mother that she would be joining her first initiation ceremony. Growing up, Fanny had heard many stories about the initiation ceremony but she wasn’t sure whether she really needed to participate in the practice.
Maria is now a peacebuilding ambassador in her community ©UNFPA/ 2023
Mulanje, MALAWI - Maria Daniel from Traditional Authority Sunganinzeru in Mulanje had never taken part in a demonstration. But on this Saturday morning, Maria felt compelled to join her fellow youths in a planned protest to show their frustrations on lack of economic opportunities for young people in the district.
Wanangwa distributing dignity kits ©UNFPA/Malawi/ 2023
Malawi is a disaster prone country. At least, this is what I grew up knowing. I had never experienced these disasters personally. But this year, it was different. I was one of the fortunate few deployed by employer the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to respond to the Cyclone Freddy disaster.

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