Watipa is hope. The name comes from a ten year old girl called Watipa, who embodies courage, determination and hope for a better, just and more equal future. In Tumbuka, her local language where she lives in the North of Malawi, Watipa literally means ‘has been provided for.’
We know that the most effective ideas for community development come from within those communities. That's why we set up a youth development programme, with scholarship funds to enable young leaders to study within their own context so that they develop their own ideas and solutions to lead the change they want to see. Watipa scholarships enable young people to complete their education and have the confidence to take their ideas forward to develop their own communities.
Why support our project?
Your support will help us to fund scholarships to support young people to achieve their dreams and be a part of the change they want to see in their own communities. 100% of the funds we receive go directly to the students.
With your help, our scholarships will fund young people to study (course costs) and live better (stipends for materials and living expenses) for 1-3 years depending on each of the student's individual needs. We will also connect them with mentoring opportunities from their peers as well as through our professional networks. All money raised will go directly to support the scholarships.
Why we are crowdfunding?
This is our THIRD crowdfunding campaign. Our goal is to award 10 scholarships by December 2018 to students in countries such as Cambodia, Malawi, and Nepal.
As a guide, keeping in mind that the cost of education varies between institutions and countries, here is an idea of how your generous donation translates to support for a student:
£10 = contribution to a scholarship.
£20 = living expenses (contribution to food, transport, rent) for one student for one month.
£50 = books and materials for one student for one semester.
£120 = stipend for living expenses for one student for one semester.
£500 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student for one semester or year.
£1,000 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student to finish secondary school.
£3,000 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student for one higher education course.
About Watipa - two organisations, one common vision
Watipa – Social Enterprise
The social enterprise part of our organisation was founded 11 June 2016 and focuses on working to enable equal societies, just development, and equal health for all. Drawing on decades of experience in national and international development, we aim to creatively and collaboratively work to catalyse change and advocate to maintain what works responding to the dynamics and current realities of different contexts around the world.
Our community interest company is founded on pillars of:
- Intellectual excellence and lateral thinking
- Innovations in programme implementation
- Effective advocacy
- Recognition of the power of communities
- Learning from, listening to, and strengthening community participation
- Agility and responsiveness
Watipa – Charitable Organisation
The charity part of our organisation was founded on 25 May 2017 and focuses on a scholarship program open to people aged 25 or younger, passionate about giving back to their community. The most effective ideas for community development come from within those communities. With scholarship funds to enable young leaders to study community development within their own context, we will be giving them a helping hand to develop their own ideas and solutions, and have the confidence to take them forward, to lead the change they want to see.
Our scholarship program supports young people with tuition fees and living expenses for a period of 1-3 years (depending on the needs of the scholars) as well as access to our pool of international mentors.
The Watipa team is unique. We listen to communities, so that our work meets people where they are. We work together with communities to co-create processes of effective, inclusive and sustainable social change.
Watipa was founded by nine inspirational women from six different countries. The collaborative, inter-disciplinary and international approach of Watipa offers value for money (many minds for the price of one!) from the bespoke consultancy services we provide, and the quality of our technical advice is enhanced by the collaboration between technical experts across different contexts around the world. Watipa’s services offer more than the sum of the parts provided by the individual area specialists.
Lucy Stackpool-Moore is the founder and director of Watipa, and draws on more than 15 years of professional, academic and lived experience in community development in different contexts around the world. Lucy has worked for some leading non-government organisations in international development and currently also teaches courses on human rights, health, and international development at the University of London (Birkbeck College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Melbourne University Law School. Lucy has a PhD in International Development and Law (SOAS, University of London, 2013), an LLM in Human Rights (with distinction, Birkbeck, 2010), an MA in International Education (with distinction, University of Sussex, 2004), and a BA in Liberal Arts (with high honours, Harvard University, 2002).
Watipa is registered with the Charities Commission in the United Kingdom, and is governed by a Board of Trustees. Modelling a commitment to good governance and meaningful youth participation, three of the Trustees are under the age of 30.