A future of self-reliance.
In 2010, I visited Mangochi, Malawi as a volunteer economic researcher with the Lake of Stars music festival. I was greatly impacted by the people and community of Mangochi and had the good fortune of personally connecting with a local activist dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people in his community.
I began raising money in 2012 to start a youth entrepreneurship program in Mangochi by recycling bottles at my apartment complex in San Diego. Together with the help of friends, family & neighbors I established Bottles4Malawi, a recycling initiative that contributed more than $2,000USD in funding to the community of Mangochi between 2012-2016.
These funds benefited vulnerable individuals in the community, particularly orphaned children who lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Two desktop computers, writing tablets, soap, sugar, mosquito nets and school uniforms were purchased to meet the need of these children.
In 2016 Bottles4Malawi was able to send one of the young girls from the youth entrepreneurship program, Grace Regina, to a government secondary school, where she is thriving and earning top grades. It is expected that she will continue on to college, and hopefully return to her community as a leader one day.
In 2017 we decided to rebrand Bottles4Malawi to better reflect our mission. Our new name, RiseUpMalawi, is about lifting up future generations through aid that supports education, security & health for youth. It's about empowering a community through programs that lead to self-reliance. And it's about giving children in Malawi equal opportunity for success and a hope for a better future.
Founder, RiseUp Malawi