Illiteracy levels in Malawi are quite high and Mangochi district, which is in the southern part of the country, leads the chart and this compelled Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) to embark on initiatives that are aimed at changing the state of affairs and recently, the organisation conducted a refresher training course of 40 Adult Literacy Instructors.
Machinga is one of the districts in Malawi where children undergo an initiation ritual from childhood into adulthood and this is done in isolated and confined camps where the young initiates spend two to six weeks with initiation counsellors (Anankungwi). The actual processes vary from one locality to another, but the essence is the same; to teach the initiates, who have grown into adulthood, how they will be expected to conduct themselves in the society. Some cultural practices impact negatively on the enjoyment and equal footing on human rights. As stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi,
Community Rights Committee Spearheads the Process of Demanding Quality Health Services in Kande Area, Nkhata Bay
Kande Health Centre in the area of Traditional Authority Fukamapiri stayed a long time without a standard room for the provision of essential health services like Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS), and HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC), a situation which negatively impacted on the fight against
In a quest to end child marriages, YONECO has engaged an extra gear by teaming up with chiefs and religious leaders in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Katuli in Mangochi district which is among the areas where the malpractice is very prevalent.
During a two-day interface meeting that was held from
Community members especially those who live in rural parts of the country continue to face a lot of challenges to access essential public services. It is very common to find community members especially the elderly, people with disabilities, People living with HIV and AIDS, children and women travelling over 20 Kilometers to access health care services, education, and safe water. Such challenges put the communities in the dark and they simply wonder whether their duty bearers are aware of their problems or not.