The following blog is written by Promise Chipeta, a 2017 WiSci STEAM Camp participant from Malawi.
I believe that girls face different problems in society and often times, fail to express some of their feelings because they are scared to be judged. My advice would be to speak up because you might not know what will happen in the future; someone might be interested in your story and help you. It’s time that I share my story and how I got the chance to be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity…
I am proud to be at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp because I get to show my talent and prove to people that girls can do anything. Being at this camp has already helped me in a lot of ways. To begin with, this was my first time being on a plane and that was an exciting experience. The camp has helped me boost my confidence and learn new things about STEAM (and that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). I have met so many girls for the first time from Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, and the U.S. and learned so much from them in the first week. The girls here are beautiful and kind; they have become my family and helped me overcome homesickness. We are all girls who want to be future leaders and nothing will stop us from following our dreams.
Photo credit: Rodney Rascona
My dream is to make my mother and I proud because I’m sure she wants a bright future for me. I am an only child and my mother is all I have. My dad passed away when I was 6 and his relatives came to take away our property. My mom and I were left stranded; nothing to do but just live everything in the hands of God. My mom could not afford paying school fees so I was sent to a public school. Life was really hard since then; it was hard to cope with others but I had no choice but try.
One day, my mom took me to an orphanage called Kwithu CBO in Mzuzu, Malawi. It was my first time being at an orphanage and I was the only student who could confidently speak English. I didn’t let my past experiences stop me. Soon I became the President of my class. Donors from the United States would come and visit and one day, one of the donors was interested in my talent and gave me a scholarship to learn at Mzuzu International Academy. That was the best day of my life and so was my mom’s. My mother cried so much because she did not expect a miracle like this to happen.
Now that I got the chance to be here at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp; I will use this time wisely. I want the world to know that I am an intelligent girl. I want to do a project about making my own makeup. I want to make my own lipstick or products during my time here because it can help girls like me learn entrepreneurial skills. One day I hope to donate money to the orphanage that took good care of me and also help girls who don’t have the opportunity to go to school. I hope that people will support me in every step of the way.
Promise Chipeta, is a 15-year-old, rising junior at Mzuzu International Academy. She is from from Mzuzu, Malawi, and uses poetry as a way to express her feelings, she enjoys playing basketball, singing and dancing. Learn more about the Women in Science STEAM Camp at GirlUp.org/WiSci