Who are we?
We are Marcella's Tribe, a group of friends, colleagues, and committed athletes, biking through the streets of Washington, DC in support of Advancing Girls' Education in Africa (AGE Africa) Ride for Malawi!
We love to compete against each other in our professional careers, by participating in triathlons and 10K runs to support girl’s education. This time, we're taking it easy with a 60, 35, or 15 miles’ bike ride.
Why do we do this?
Most girls in Malawi walk the distance of 10 kilometers each way to get to school. That’s an average of 2 hours each way. As parents, uncles, and aunt of daughters and nieces we can’t imagine what it would be for our loved ones to walk extreme lengths to attend school. We want to do our part and give girls in Malawi the opportunity our children have by helping AGE Africa provide scholarships, school supplies, and after school programming to keep girls in Malawi in school.
How can you help us?
Take a minute right now and make a donation on our CrowdRise page and help us reach our $10,000 goal to provide scholarships, school supplies, and post-secondary support for girls in Malawi.
Below is a little bit of a back story of AGE Africa's work and the inspiration behind our decision to take on such a grueling race. AGE Africa’s impact is making a difference in the lives of girls in Malawi. Check out this quick two-minute video of the impact of AGE Africa's work!
Thank you for your support and we hope you can come cheer us on!
(Marcella, Justin, Darren, Johan, Mustafa, Ricky, and Rodrigo)
The vision of AGE Africa is that all girls in Africa will have equal access to secondary education, and that young scholars will be empowered to finish school, leverage their educations into viable opportunities for earned income, and have the tools they need to self-advocate for their own life choices.
We do this using a three-pronged approach to creating impact in Malawi through our scholarships, life-skills programming, and post-secondary transition support. Our scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and all indirect costs of schooling, which can often be twice the cost of tuition. Our CHATS girls’ clubs emphasize life skills, leadership development, self-advocacy and entrepreneurship through a peer-led model and help to build girls' confidence and facilitation skills. Out post-secondary transition support is designed to help girls transition to life beyond secondary school, through access to higher education and earned income opportunities.
Over 90% of AGE Africa Scholars finish secondary school compared to 6% of rural girls nationwide and 91% percent of our scholar’s delay pregnancy until after the age of 18. Our scholarships, extra-curricular programs, and post-secondary support strategies address the most prevalent causes of drop out and give girls the tools they need to stay in school and build better futures.