Good Sisters started in Chaseta, Malawi in February 2012 as a pilot project when research showed that girls drop out of school during their menstrual cycles. To improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, girls were given sanitary pads; however, there were more complicated issues than just access to sanitary pads. There was a lack of education on sexual and reproductive health, and the local acceptance of early child marriage and adolescent pregnancy caused school drop outs and low attendance rates at the primary school level.
Girls have the right to information and services about their health and education, and they are a force for building a community-wide culture that is supportive of human rights and gender equality.
It all starts with being a Good Sister.
In a country where nearly 50% of girls are married by the time they reach 18 years old, Good Sisters focuses on girls between ages 12-17, and becomes a safe space for girls in high-poverty villages throughout Malawi to:
The growth of the first Good Sisters club in Chaseta prompted Good Neighbors to expand the program into 6 additional communities, impacting almost 400 girls directly, plus countless others within their community.
The Good Sisters club: