In a moment of immense pride and inspiration, Her Excellency Esme Chombo, the Malawi Ambassador to the United States, had the privilege of meeting with the dynamic members of the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) cohort from Malawi. The gathering took place at the prestigious Omni Hotels and Resorts, where Ambassador Chombo shared her wisdom and encouraged each and every young fellow to be catalysts for positive change.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, a flagship program of the U.S. Department of State, annually brings together emerging African leaders from various countries to engage in a six-week leadership training program in the United States. Among the esteemed group of young fellows representing Malawi was our very own Executive Director, Robert Mhango, whose dedication to the cause of empowering youth has been truly exemplary.

The meeting between Ambassador Chombo and the 2023 MWF cohort was a momentous occasion, one that showcased the shared commitment to fostering leadership, innovation, and positive change among the youth of Malawi. In her address to the young fellows, Ambassador Chombo emphasized the importance of their roles as future leaders and change-makers in their home country.

Ambassador Chombo’s words resonated deeply with the attendees as she spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing Malawi and the African continent as a whole. She highlighted the critical role that young leaders play in driving socio-economic development, promoting good governance, and addressing pressing issues such as climate change, healthcare, and education.

One of the highlights of the event was a memorable photograph capturing Ambassador Chombo alongside Robert Mhango, our Executive Director. Robert, who had been part of the 2023 MWF cohort, stood as a shining example of the potential and passion of young Malawian leaders. His participation in the Fellowship exemplified the dedication of our organization, which has long been committed to nurturing young talent and empowering them to become agents of positive change.

Ambassador Chombo’s message was clear and resonant: each member of the 2023 MWF cohort possesses the power to make a real difference in Malawi and beyond. She encouraged them to harness the knowledge and experiences gained during the Fellowship to drive progress, foster innovation, and contribute to the betterment of their communities.

As the event concluded, the atmosphere was filled with a sense of renewed purpose and determination. The young fellows left with hearts full of inspiration and gratitude, ready to embark on their journeys as empowered leaders.

The Mtuli Foundation extends its heartfelt appreciation to Ambassador Esme Chombo for her unwavering support of youth leadership and empowerment. We are immensely proud of Robert Mhango and all the young leaders who represent Malawi in the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship cohort. Their dedication and commitment serve as a testament to the limitless potential of the youth, and we are excited to witness the positive impact they will create in the years to come.

In the spirit of Ambassador Chombo’s message, we look forward to a future where the youth of Malawi continue to make a profound and lasting difference, shaping a brighter and more prosperous nation.


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