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A distinction out of several efforts; Chifundo Mndala’s story

I was born in a family of five; a brother and three sisters, and I am the last born. I was born and raised in Lumbadzi where I attended my primary education at Mkukula Primary school and was later selected to Chinkhuti Community Day Secondary School in the same area.

By then, my goal was to pass MSCE with flying colours, just like my brother and sisters, though I was the only one who was not selected to a national secondary school in our family. My siblings were my motivation. I was inspired by their success in life and wanted to do the same.

Chifundo Mndala

I wrote my MSCE in 2013 and I was among the students who had best points in our class. I then wrote entrance examinations for University of Malawi (UNIMA) but only two students were selected from our school. This greatly affected me as I had high hopes and plans already lined up. It was so hard for me to accept the results. I later applied to Mzuzu University (MZUNI) to study Theology but unfortunately, I was not considered again.

My parents and relatives continued to encourage me that I should not give up. But honestly, I was not seeing any reason of trying again. I was comparing myself to my siblings and my friends who were selected to UNIMA and MZUNI. I had questions that could not be answered and I started seeing myself as a failure. I was later encouraged by my pastor to start applying for various scholarships.

After a number of trials to different international schools, I was later accepted at Ambassador International University in Zambia, where I studied Bachelor of Arts in Theology. And by the grace of God, I was among the top 5 students as I graduated in 2018 with a distinction and a GPA of 3.77.

Few weeks later after coming back to Malawi, I started working at Dzenza Secondary School and currently I am working with Old Mutual Life Assurance Company.

With such childhood experience where I felt like a failure and lacked inspiration, I chose to volunteer with YES Initiative so that I can help in reaching out to youths who have potential but are going through different experiences of low self-esteem and lack of inspiration.


Published by yesinitiativemw

The Youth Empowerment and Support Initiative, is a group of young volunteers who have been working in Salima district since 2017 , helping pay tuition fees for needy secondary school students and also hold career and mentorship talks to students on SMART goals setting, Resisting Peer pressure, Academic excellence, Career Choices and Role Modelling and Importance of Volunteering, among others. Our goal is to be a thriving organisation that youths by offering them support and skills which can help them achieve their goals and in turn contribute to solving their community’s challenges

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