Ponelo Kalonga was born and raised in Malawi. She is 28 years old. She is committed to reforming girls’ education in the northern part of Malawi. She has a particular interest in improving the accessibility of schooling to homeless individuals, single mothers, and disadvantaged young women who got pregnant and dropped out of school. Ponelo was raised by a single mother who has confronted homelessness and poverty, as a result of her own experiences, she is familiar with the despair and frustration endemic to young women struggling to survive. She is convinced that increasing individuals' access to girls’ education can make the difference between despondency and hope.
Ponelo is open-minded and makes it her prerogative to learn from each of daily life experiences. She would like to pursue her Education in International development studies In order to increase her knowledge and skills to engage with development problems and issues. She would like to help people as much as she can, that is her love, and it makes her feel like a better person.
Ponelo Kalonga's mentor is Souad Talsi MBE.