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Mac Bain is the Executive Director of Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO).Previously he was a lecturer in Chemistry and Chemistry Education and a secondary school teacher. Heholds a Masters of Science in Leadership and Change Management from University of Leeds Metropolitan in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Education (Science) from the University of Malawi. Particular areas of research include NGO leaderships and development, Personal leadership, violence against girls and women, education, mental health and young people affected by HIV and AIDS. MacBain has held a number of portfolios in leadership which has included governing council member for Council for Non Governmental Organisaitons in Malawi (CONGOMA) and Board Member of TEVETA, Women’s Lobby, National Youth Council of Malawi, TEEM Development Centre, Transhaven Schools in Zomba, Child Helpline International and Board member of African Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA).

Email: macbainmkandawire@yoneco.org.mw

Phone: +265 888 958 726

Programme Manager

Wezzie joined Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) in March, 2011 as District Manager for NkhataBay District office. She was responsible for managing grants that came in the district and various projects including Healthy People Healthy Nation and the Making Community Participation in Local Governance and Decentralization a Reality. Working as District Manager for Nkhatabay, she enjoyed working with the communities and contributing to their personal and community development. In September 2012 she was promoted to the post of Programme Managerin YONECO based at the organization’s head office in Zomba. With this post, for once she felt like a David in front of a Goliath but the going has so far been good as she takes each day as an opportunity for learning and making a difference in the lives of women, youth and children. Wezi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Malawi obtained in 2009. At the moment she is working towards studying her Masters of education in Public Health.

 Email: wezziemtonga@yoneco.org.mw

 Phone: +265 888 958 726

Media Networking and Advocacy Officer

Charles joined YONECO in September 1997 as a volunteer when the organization was a few days old. In 2001 he became a full time employee of the organization. Since then he has served in different positions such as Assistant Project Officer and Project Officer under Human Rights and Democracy Programme.

In 2008 he was appointed as Media Networking and Advocacy Officer till to date. In his capacity, he is responsible for Managing and coordinating YONECO networks, managing YONECO website, Facebook Page, Twitter and YouTube, Publicizing the organization through the media, conducting advocacy on issues affecting youth, women and children, providing legal advice to helpline clients (abused women and children), planning, coordinating, supervising and monitoring human rights activities  at community level, conducting community awareness campaigns, training community volunteers, conducting research on human rights and democracy issues, Follow up on human rights violations and providing guidance to child helpline counsellors on legal issues. Charles holds MSCE, a diploma in community development and currently studying law at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi. Apart from that, he has attended a number of capacity building short courses and they include; Regional training on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Zimbabwe  (2006), Conflict Resolution and Peace Keeping in war ton countries – Tanzania (2007), ICT for NGO effective communication – South Africa (2009), ICT for Development – Kenya (2009), World Youth Assembly – Tripoli Libya (April 2009), Communication Material Training – Kampala, Uganda (2011), Webchats Development – Netherlands (2011), Civil society Review Mechanism for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (Vienna Austria), Regional Youth forum (Benin – 2012), Free and Fair Elections in SADC – Malawi (2009), Advocacy and lobbying training by NGOGCN – Malawi, Media Management and Advocacy (CIDA Malawi), Elections Management and Bridge Facilitation (MEC 2013).

Charles is highly interested in advocating for the welfare of marginalized Malawians. He has taken active roles in advocacy initiatives at both local and national level. He cherishes one national advocacy initiative on the national budget in August 2007 that made him to be among 13 people that went to Kamuzu State House to press on the then President not to sign a 3 month budget instead of a 12 months.  The outcome was a success that was to the benefit of all Malawians regardless of Political affiliation.

Email: charlesbanda@yoneco.org.mw

Phone: +265 888 958 726