Hughes Tawanda Munthali is a holder of a University Certificate in Counselling from St John of God College of Health Sciences. Currently he is the District Manager for YONECO-Mchinji. His expertise and experience is chronicled from 2007 to the present which includes Psychosocial Counselling; Child Protection; Case Management; Project Management as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people. He undergone a number of capacity building initiatives, among these include the Feminist Counselling for GBV survivors from GBV Prevention Network in Uganda and Comprehensive Sexuality Education Trainer of Trainers course from UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Swaziland. Over the years, he has been involved in the consultancy for the Malawi Youth Situation Analysis 2014 under Maestral International; the Roll-Out of the National Child Helpline Services in Malawi; the development of the revised Youth Friendly Health Service Manual 2015 edition; Malawi Case Management Strategic Plan under the Ministry of Gender and the Multi-Disciplinary Sexual Gender Based Violence team for Zomba District. In addition to this, he has been a co-researcher for the Parents and Guardians for Child Abuse Survivors Study that was conducted by YONECO. At the moment, he is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from Amity University.
Dauson Whayo holds a Bachelors degree of Education – Special Needs from Catholic University of Malawi and he holds a Certificate in Initial Primary Teacher Education and a Certificate of Teaching HIV/AIDS Pandemic a course designed for Teacher Educators of Sub-Saharan Africa to respond to HIV/AIDS Pandemic in African Communities, from University of Western Cape. Dauson joined YONECO in December, 2016 and is the District Manager of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) for Rumphi District. Dauson had been a Teacher Trainer at Lilongwe Teacher Training College for eight years after teaching in various Resource Centres and Primary Schools for sixteen years. At a Teacher Training College, he was teaching Foundation Studies, Life Skills Education and Special Needs Education. He attended and completed several short courses which include: Life Skills Education for Teacher Trainer offered at Malawi Institute of Education; Institutional and Record Keeping and Management for Professionals by Liverpool Hope University and SOS Children Village of Malawi Trust (2004); Dauson`s position outline in YONECO include: Providing guidance and expertise in enhancement of child development and protection; enabling the youth development, Planning, managing / coordinating and monitoring projects available in the district; carrying out gender and women rights; Preparing budgets for managing projects at district level; consolidating the official reports at district level and submit the reports to authorities in timely manner; Organizing the implementation process; Institutional development and management and documenting success stories for the best practices achieved in the District. The current projects in the District, include: Child Labour Elimination Action for real Change (CLEAR Project) and Intergrating Youth Friendly Health Services Project (Segal Project, looking at SRHR issues) and is being implemented by Hospital Staff. Dauson participated in the National and International survey for the improvement of the literacy domain in Primary and Teacher Education. He took part in the national survey for education improvement in Malawi whereby, had been seconded by the Ministry of Education to accompany delegates to Zambia (Lusaka and Chipata) in the initiative of the Malawi Breakthrough to Literacy. He was one of the people who wrote and produced a Primary Mathematics Text book for infant section and a Teacher Training module for Initial Primary Teacher Education ( IPTE) for Foundation Studies, the concepts that helped to add value in the National Primary Curriculum and Assessment and Teacher Education Curriculum. Dauson collected ideas in carrying out a research and coming up with a dissertation on: Role of Early Childhood Education to a learner with Special Needs. This was a study in partial fulfilment of the requirements of Bachelor of Education Degree (Major in Special Needs). Dauson has a vision to join hands with district staff to come up with a proposal so that Rumphi should have a Youth Centre for YONECO, (a building) that shall accommodate all youth interventions and help accordingly the exising youth clubs.
Temwanani Kachipapa joined Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) in 2012 as a Project Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for project monitoring and evaluating various programmatic interventions, supporting in project formulation and programme design, implementing activities at community and district level. Temwanani is also responsible for supervising field officers and providing technical support to volunteers at community level.
Temwanani holds an advanced Diploma in Community Development as well as a Certificate in Business Management. Further to this, she has also attended various capacity building exercise and short courses which include; Sexual and Reproductive Health workshop (2012)- Cape Town, RSA; Community Paralegal Training (2012), Training in Women Empowerment and Feminism Workshop (2012) – Swaziland; Psychosocial Training, Documentation and Reporting, Parenting Training (2013); training in Girl and Boy Friendly School Monitoring.
Temwanani’s passion is in youth empowerment and this area has greatly assisted her to demonstrate her ability to contribute positively to youth development.