Shining a Light on AGE Africa

AGE Africa is proud to be supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation dedicated to empowering adolescent girls through education around the world. In fall 2023, the Girls Opportunity Alliance brought three global humanitarians to visit our programming in Malawi to see this work up close and to hear from the girls we support: Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and philanthropist Melinda French Gates. They sat down with students and alumnae of our program who shared how AGE Africa is helping them to remain in school, avoid child marriage, and continue to pursue their dreams.

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More about CHATS

Michelle Obama, Amal Clooney, and Melinda French Gates engaged in one of AGE Africa’s Creating Healthy Approaches to Success (CHATS) sessions during their visit. CHATS offers a curriculum tailored to the Malawian context and structured as an informal peer-led conversation that allows participants to coach each other through complex topics and decision-making scenarios. CHATS Clubs are a high-impact intervention which works to improve girls’ agency, reduce child marriage and early pregnancy, and increase girls’ completion rates in secondary school. Learn more about CHATS here.

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of CHATS Girls’ Club members completed secondary school

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delay marriage & pregnancy until after their 18th birthday

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of CHATS Girls’ Club participants feel they are a role model in their village
Ludzi Girls Secondary School in Mchinji,  on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. (The Obama Foundation)

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They met Isabel

Isabel's sister endured a  harrowing experience - being married off at 12, and bearing a child before her 13th birthday. The grim reality unfolded as her little body struggled through pregnancy. Today, Isabel passionately champions the cause to eradicate child marriage in Malawi. Her story resonates, highlighting the urgent need for change and the protection of vulnerable young girls. Ending child marriage is a heavily discussed topic during CHATS club meetings, together girls develop ways they can participate acvitly in this important cause.

They met Olivia

Olivia, a CHATS program participant, learned that one of her friends was going to be sold into marriage. Together with a few of her fellow CHATS peers and friends, Olivia visited her friend’s mother. Using their CHATS training, Olivia and her other friends were able to convince the mother not to sell her daughter into marriage. AGE Africa’s CHATS program has a real impact on girls in Malawi.

Ludzi Girls Secondary School in Mchinji,  on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. (The Obama Foundation)

Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.

They met Natasha

In a heartfelt encounter with Natasha, her aspiration to become a pilot shone brightly through her earnest gaze, brimming with curiosity and ambition. With big brown eyes reflecting her determination, she posed a poignant question: "Is there such a thing as a female pilot in America?" In that moment, her hope and uncertainty collided, questioning the validity of her dream. Through CHATS after-school club, Natasha is developing her own agency and belief that even as a girl, she can accomplish that which she sets out to do.

Ludzi Girls Secondary School in Mchinji,  on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. (The Obama Foundation)

Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.
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