In its untiring efforts of promoting the rights and welfare of the youth, women and children in Malawi; YONECO has distributed school uniforms to children who live under residential care at Lilongwe Social Rehabilitation Centre (LSRC).
The children could not manage to hide their jovial moods and gratitude when Prisca Malaenga of YONECO handed the school uniforms to the Centre Manager, Austin Chafuwa who reced the uniforms on behalf of the beneficiaries.
Chafuwa applauded YONECO for what he described as a well-timed donation as the children had no school uniforms and a few others had worn out uniforms. Chafuwa further added that education makes children of today responsible and productive adults of tomorrow hence the need to give them full support.
In his address, Chafuwa urged the children to take good care of the uniforms and take YONECO’s gesture as encouragement for them to work hard in class.
In her remarks during the handover ceremony, Prisca Malenga stated that YONECO thought it wise to provide the uniforms as one way of kindling the children’s interest and seriousness in their studies.
“I am very happy to receive this uniform and I am also thankful to YONECO for the support they give us”, said one of the recipients of the uniforms.
Recently, YONECO signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare to support government’s efforts in running the rehabilitation centre.
Currently, YONECO is also providing financial support to the day to day operations of the facility as well as conducting life skills and leadership development sessions to the children who live at the centre.
Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) members of staff were in a day long team building session. The session was facilitated by an expert in team building and the Executive Director. Prior to the commencement of the session the organization Board Chair Prof. Dixie Maluwa Banda made key note address. In his remarks he highlighted some of the values of togetherness, team spirit and being focused.
The Mobile application requires an internet data plan (A mobile Phone with Internet access) which is being operated by YONECO with technical and financial support from PRAKELT Foundation and UNFPA
In her remarks, Hon. Kalirani stated that the tool will go a long way helping young people as information has been one of the major causes of various SRH Challenges among young people.
The Minister of Gender Children Disability and Social Welfare, Honourable Jean Kalirani, Visited YONECO in Zomba on a familiarization tour that was also graced by other government officials and representatives from other Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Minister visited YONECO ICT Centre, Helpline Services Centre which houses the Toll Free Helpline centre.
The session that was held from 15 to 16 is expected to yield positive outcomes as the counsellors were further drilled in counselling skills to enable them to avoid burn-out as well as receive and give feedback in accordance to a prescribed framework. The activity also enabled the counsellors to share and learn a number of issues as well as giving them an opportunity to recuperate.
As young people are struggling to get employed in various sectors in
Malawi, Tilimbe Youth Club has proved that they can earn a living through agriculture while many other young people just hovering around in search for formal employment in other institutions and private companies.
The Youth Club was founded on 17 November, 2014 in Chikavumbwa village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine in Ntcheu district. Currently, the club has a total of 25 members of which 10 are females and are 15 males.
According to the members, the club was established to economically empower young people through Agriculture and to promote social welfare as well as fighting against the spread of HIV among the youth.
Through the cultivation of crops like potatoes, the group has so far earned MK300, 000.00 against a projected revenue of MK100, 000.00.
The youth club is currently planning to use the money to buy other farm inputs like fertilizer and maize seeds which they will plant before the next growing season. Further to this, the club has also managed to buy local chickens which have so far been shared to each member of the group.
Among other success, the group members indicated that the club has contributed to the reduction of child marriages through youth economic empowerment activities.
YONECO’s office in Ntcheu is currently supporting this progressive youth club in a number of ways.
However, the club’s agricultural activities were being challenged by the lack of farming equipment like irrigation machinery. On its part, YONECO has linked the club to Ntcheu District Irrigation Office so that the group can have access to the necessary materials like treadle pumps.
In this initiative, YONECO is supporting a number of youth activities in the district and all this is being made possible by the National AIDS Commission (NAC) which is currently providing the necessary financial support.