About Gertrude Banda
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Gertrude Banda, a 17-year-old from Chinsapo, Malawi knows what it means to love her neighbor as herself. Chinsapo is a diverse community with 75% of the people living below the poverty line. Many people living in this economically disadvantaged community struggle to meet their basic day-to-day needs such as food, shelter, clean water and health and hygiene needs. Communities play an important role in helping to meet the needs of the people who live here- and The Chisomo Idea is creating infrastructure to be the model for community flourishing to help each individual thrive. Gertrude is one of five children and her mother and father both work hard to provide what they can for their family. They are able to eat two small meals a day consisting of n'sima, vegetables and soy pieces. Through the Chisomo program, Gertrude has had an example of loving your neighbor as yourself- her mentors in The Chisomo Idea scholar athlete program are fellow Malawians. She loves the social aspect of being with friends and playing netball in her community. Through this program she also has access to help meet her social, spiritual, physical and intellectual needs. She is currently a senior in high school and enjoys English. She aspires to continue her studies at the university level and become a nurse to continue to serve those around her.