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DSC01391 Ida Puliwa

Here was a girl, from one of the poorest regions in the poorest country on earth, who wanted an education. Her uncle's girlfriend agreed to sponsor her in college, but they died in a car accident between Ida's second and third year. Ida left school until a kind woman from the US offered to sponsor her to graduation. Because of the kindness of these two women, Ida Puliwa would be the first girl in her village (and the other 9 villages surrounding hers) to get a full education. They saw her as a role model and a hero.

So what did Ida do? She forwarded that kindness to her communities. She started a foundation called Othakarhaka (‘passing on the kindness’) which has developed a number of programs benefiting her local communities. They have orphan school scholarships, an adult literacy program, a tailoring program, a farming program, a 4H program for students, a tree planting program, along with many other smaller efforts (training how to build rocket stoves, caring/protection for the elderly, bee keeping, etc.). The Foundation has a full board of directors, is supported by all 10 local chiefs, has over 3,000 volunteers, and is LOCALLY managed. There is no other country or organization telling her what to do or how to do it. No one is saving these villages, but these villages themselves… all led by Ida Puliwa, a young woman who, as a girl, was very grateful for an education.

If you would like to support Ida and her efforts in Mulanje, please visit the Ida's Girls website at www.idasgirls.org.

Othakarhaka Foundation, Mulanje District, Malawi


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Othakarhaka: "passing on the kindness"
Here was a girl, from one of the poorest regions in the poorest country on earth, who wanted an education.  Her uncle's girlfriend agreed to sponsor her in college, but they died in a car accident between Ida's second and third year.  Ida left school until a kind woman from the US offered to sponsor her to graduation.  Because of the kindness of these two women, Ida Puliwa would be the first girl in her village (and the other 9 villages surrounding hers) to get a full education.  They saw her as a role model and a hero.<br />
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So what did Ida do?  She forwarded that kindness to her communities.  She started a foundation called Othakarhaka (‘passing on the kindness’) which has developed a number of programs benefiting her local communities.  They have orphan school scholarships, an adult literacy program, a tailoring program, a farming program, a 4H program for students, a tree planting program, along with many other smaller efforts (training how to build rocket stoves, caring/protection for the elderly, bee keeping, etc.).  The Foundation has a full board of directors, is supported by all 10 local chiefs, has over 3,000 volunteers, and is LOCALLY managed.  There is no other country or organization telling her what to do or how to do it.  No one is saving these villages, but these villages themselves… all led by Ida Puliwa, a young woman who, as a girl, was very grateful for an education.<br />
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If you would like to support Ida and her efforts in Mulanje, please visit the Ida's Girls website at www.idasgirls.org.<br />
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Othakarhaka Foundation, Mulanje District, Malawi<br />
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