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Monthly Archives: July 2015

3 Men Sentenced to 15 Months in Jail for Property Grabbing

After several adjournments, Namwera Second Grade Magistrate Court, on 30th June 2015, sentenced three men to 15 months imprisonment with hard labour for being found guilty of property grabbing offence.  YONECO’s officers in Mangochi district have been following up the case after the organisation’s Community Rights Committee (CRC) members started probing the issue. After investigating

Community Structures Propelling the Annulment of Child Marriages in Mangochi

Community structures which YONECO established in Mangochi have facilitated the annulment of a marriage between a 15 year-old girl and a 33 year-old man in the area of Group Village Headman Namwera in Mangochi district.   When Community Based Educators (CBEs) and members of Community Rights Committees heard that there will be a wedding between

Teacher Netted for Defiling his 13 Year old Standard 8 Student

The tendency of teachers defiling their students refuses to die.  Over the last 12 months, Community Rights Committees (CRC) and Parenting Circles which YONECO trained and established have been doing an amazing job to put to a stop the malpractice. Over 15 cases of defilement involving teachers and other older men have been reported and

VSLA Initiative Improving Lives of Communities in Nkhata Bay

Ama Christina Mapunda is one of the 30 members of Madalitso Village Savingsand Loan Association (VSLA) that was established in Ngalauka village in the area of Traditional Authority Malanda in Nkhata Bay district. VSLA group’s activities commenced in March, 2014 and since then, the group members have been saving money and had an opportunity of getting

Communities in Ntcheu Proclaim the ‘Magic’ of SASA! Tool in the Fight against GBV and HIV

Communities in Ntcheu district have acknowledged the power of Start Awareness Support Action! (SASA!) Tool which YONECO is currently using to curb GBV and the spread of HIV in Malawi. YONECO, through its office in Ntcheu district, trained ‘Start Awareness Support Action!’ (SASA!) Community Facilitators to coordinate various initiatives that are aimed at addressing gender-related

Ntcheu Women Salute YONECO for introducing VSLAs

Women in Ntcheu have saluted Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) for introducing Village Savings and Loans Associations in their communities. YONECO uses VSLAs as one of the most viable ways of empowering vulnerable groups in the society.   In October, 2013, YONECO introduced the concept of VSLA in Eneya Village and soon after that; Auze