Natasha Annie Tonthola

Natasha Annie Tonthola - 2017 Nominee
Position: Founder Vision Bearer and Executive Director
Organization: Mama Africa Foundation Trust ( MAFT )
Current Location: Lilongwe, Malawi, Africa.
Bachelors Degree from Community Development
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
1.Diploma in HIV/AIDS and Nutrition
2.Diploma in Fashion Designing
3.Certificate in HTC and Counselling.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Natasha’s project Dignity was announced first prize winner in Berlin Germany Project Dignity won Best Project 2016 for Youth Citizenship Entrepreneurship challenge.
    Awarding Organization:
    Entrepreneurship Campus; The Virtual Entrepreneurship University
    Date Awarded:
    October 10, 2016
Natasha Annie Tonthola is a Malawian child,women rights, youth and gender activist. She is implementing a project which aims at keeping Marginalized girls in school.She provides the girls with a SRH education,HIV/AIDS and Family Planning Sessions. – Stewart Thomas Munthali , Project officer /President of Lions Club at MAMA AFRICA FOUNDATION TRUST
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Am implementing a Dignity Project which aims at producing and providing free reusable sanitary napkins to marginalized girls to keep them in school.Recognizing that these girls have limited access to health education,I also also designed a guide booklet called (the monthly visitors) to provide a friendly sexual reproductive health education program to the targeted girls .I have also trained TOT to make sure we reach out to many girls and protect them from child and early marriages,early and unwanted pregnancies,unsafe abortions, Fistula cases ,maternal deaths, Sexual transmitted infections such as HIV and AIDS. I have rescued 3000 child bribes and managed to send back 1000 girls back to school,the girls are made aware of contraceptive methods so they make good choices for the future.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My life experiences motivated me,when I lost my father at 14 we went back to the village.I was alarmed to see girls as young as 12 married and were pregnant.I fell victim to early marriage and pregnancy and gender based violence.I know what it means to be vulnerable.Dangers of over population also inspired me,I figured that keeping girls in school will not only reduce population growth, but it will promote Good health& well-being, Gender Equality, reduce inequalities and fight climate change

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

i have conducted 238 School Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Programs and 80 thousand students benifited.School drop out makes girls get married and have babies early this contributes to rapid population growth,I designed reusable washable napkins so that they do not drop out of school.keeping them there will control population growth,
Recognizing that these girls have limited access to health education,I also also designed a guide booklet to provide a friendly SRH education to the girls

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will promote the dignity project to keep girls in school. Education itself can be a powerful vehicle for improving the health of adolescents and women. Higher levels of education are linked with economic growth and better health and reproductive health outcomes. i will partner with stakeholders to promote school and curriculum based Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Education so that it can provide the prac- tical knowledge and skills needed to reduce adolescents’ vulnerability

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