Voices Awake

Salima, Malawi
About this ministry

Voices Awake: Girls Equipped for Change was founded in 2013 with the mission to empower girls through holistic and trauma-informed programs that equip them with the skills and tools they need to create lasting, positive change in their lives.

Based in Salima, Malawi, the ministry provides numerous programs including a rescue home to provide sanctuary from girls escaping abuse, a school partnership with Cornerstone Christian Secondary School to provide education, a feeding program with healthy lunches, mentorship and tutoring programs which raise awareness on social issues and introduce female role models, as well as vocational training and job creation efforts. Through these programs, girls are encouraged to pursue their dreams as people created for a purpose.

Founded and led by Vanessa Mwangala, a graduate of the MA of Organizational Leadership program and our first female Executive Director, Voices Awake has the vision to create a Malawi where every girl is empowered to transform her life and community. You can read more about our programs at VoicesAwake.org. 

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Areas of Focus

Girls’ Home

  • Safe home with 20 beds
  • Providing food, shelter, clothing, and trauma-informed care
  • Mentorship and empowerment programs
  • Employment opportunities and school support

School Partnership

  • Providing tuition for 30+ girls
  • Uniforms, school supplies, counseling and tutoring
  • Daily feeding program with healthy lunches

Empowerment Programs

  • Weekly mentoring with female role models
  • Vocational training and job creation
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities
Our girls rescue home has 20 beds and currently supports 15 homeless girls and young moms with shelter, care, and the support they need to get back on their feet.
Our feeding program serves sponsored students daily as well as 40+ community youth three times a week, with healthy lunches so that students can focus on their studies.
Our weekly mentorship program meets twice a week, giving girls access to female role models and teaching crucial life lessons.