United States of America (USA) on Wednesday handed over a K7 million worth girls’ hostel to Chadza 1 Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Lilongwe.
The hostel has been built with funding from the US Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, US Ambassador Virginia Palmer expressed happiness to have partnered with the girls at the school in constructing the hostel, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy public affairs section.
She said educating girls empower them and help to protect them from becoming victims of early marriages.
Said Palmer: “My First Lady, Michelle Obama, reminds us that education is girls’ ‘only chance to shape their own fate, rather than having the limits of their lives dictated to them by others.’
“Girls, we are happy to have partnered with your parents to construct this hostel as a way of giving you a conducive environment to study and progress in life. It is now up to you to make a decision to succeed.”
Since 1996, the US Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund has funded local grassroots organisations to implement innovative and sustainable community projects.
The fund is designed to support community-driven development projects that address grassroots economic and social issues. n