We are delighted to announce the selected candidates for the Changemakers Programme 2022-2023 Cohort. The list can be downloaded using the download link bellow:
Malawi has over 220 youth organisations that are affiliated to the National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM). Among these are Youth-Led Organizations (YLOs) who face unique barriers with regards to technical capacity and funding opportunities.
Despite this, YLOs are some of the most innovative, passionate, energetic and impactful entities in both Social justice movements and alternative livelihoods programming around the country and they are overcoming the aforementioned barriers.
Research indicates that youth-led organisations face a variety of issues when fundraising, which range from lack of sufficient staff or volunteer capacity, limited knowledge about the donor landscape and working in contexts or on topics where funding is limited.
To change this narrative, Youth Wave, a youth led NGO, produced a report “What Youth Want” where key recommendations were given to partners on empowering youth-led organisations to land more equitable partnerships and ultimately, greater results for partners in achieving the change they wish to see in the world
Change starts with you(th) and this why Youth Wave in collaboration with Trōcaire Malawi intends brought youth and development partners together under Space4Youth with an aim of building interest in partnerships between the donor community and youth led organisations by capitalizing on their skills, expertise and collective power of youth.
The event brought different stakeholders together including government, development partners, the private sector and youth-led organisations from across the country.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic a youth lead NGO Youth Wave has virtually mobilize over 100 young people from across the country towards fighting against the virus.
Speaking on the development executive director for Youth Wave, John Nyirenda highlighted that they saw a gap in information and myths surrounding covid-19 and came up with the idea to mobilize young people to help in flow of correct and accurate information and myth busting.
“There is a lot of fear, anger, myths and misinformation about COVID-19, we saw the need for information in this time of uncertainty” Nyirenda said.
He added that the initiative is in line with their organization focus on building the next generation of young leaders. In order to achieve this they have gone digital by using the website, social media and WhatsApp platforms to enhance information and knowledge among young people in response to the pandemic. The initiative has used top class material resources provided by World Health Organization(WHO) specifically on Infection Prevention and Control on COVID-19. We didn’t have money but we used the available materials online to reach young people who have graduated to be 2020 Covid-19 changemakers
One of the participants other initiative, Bertha Tadala Chiumbuzo said that young people are the most eligible in fighting against the pandemic because they are more energetic and most updated information citing that they have access to internet where there is a lot of information and multiple opportunities
She further explained that she is part of The initiative to encourage young people especially girls.
”I would love to take part in fighting against the pandemic because I would one day love to show Malawi that young people, mostly girls can win too just like everyone else”
In his words, Mavuto Shanto from the Ministry of health explained that the ministry is working in collaboration with Youth wave to ensure that correct information including daily updates reaches out to everyone. Youth Wave is taking accurate information and they are use their digital platforms to reach to their fellow young people.
He emphasized that young people need to take part in the fight since the virus can attack anyone.
“Everyone including young people is at risk of contracting the virus hence the need for young people to be part of the fight. He has since commended Youth wave and called upon young people in the country to be on the forefront fighting the pandemic.
Youth Wave is an innovative youth-led organization that focuses on HIV and AIDS, Sexual Reproductive health, mental health, gender equality and advocacy on issues, needs, challenges and priorities of young people in the country
Malawi Government pushed the country for 21 days lockdown which hit the snag due to failure to provide safety nets for its citizens. While it is necessary, these measures can have a significant effect on young people’s mental health. Fear, anxiety, anger, sadness and grief are compounded by being away from schools, work, peers, adjusting to new ways of learning and working, as well as fear of losing jobs and family income.
We would like to hear from you, what’s your take on the #lockdown?