In 2015 Chance For Change was approached by parents, teachers and the community to help them address the devastating problem of young girls being trafficked and coerced out of schools into underage sex work. In response Chance For Change developed the programme Pioneers of Change, to raise awareness and help girls protect themselves from the dangers and risks of sex trafficking, and other forms of sexual abuse and early marriage.
Weekly workshops and counselling support girls to recognise abuse, advocate for each and stand up for their rights to education and making their own life choices. Our facilitators also work with schools and the girls families and the wider community. It is a growing movement with 220 girls already taking part, and more turning up each day, bringing their friends.
"I work with these girls everyday. Pioneers of Change is a safe place, they feel so at home. They now speak out and advocate for themselves and for other girls in their community. Now if they think something is happening that shouldn't be, they organise themselves and go their to help other girls."Pioneers of Change - Thelma Tolani
Find out more by watching our 1 minute video, or our longer video on our Malawi Page.Read More