Shortlisted Changemakers – Sep 2022 Youth Wave Malawi

We are pleased to announce shortlisted candidates for the Changemakers Programme 2022-2023 Cohort

1Adorah Gertrude MaereFBalakaKadyalunda CBO
2Aubrey DuwaMBalakaTithandizane youth support organization
3Khumbolane NyirendaFBalakaCAVWOC
4Ruth MaluwaFBlantyreMphatso Zathu Foundation
5Rebecca LitchowaFBlantyreTBC
6Memory ChanikaFBlantyreGENET-Feminist programme
7Samuel KamangaMBlantyreBwalo La Ana Youth Active Community Organization
8Emmanuel NamponyaMBlantyreYoung Voice
9Leticia ChinangwaFBlantyreYoung and Empowered
10Jessie NasiyayaFBlantyreMzati youth organisation
11Thokozani Jane KasiyaFBlantyreForum for AIDS Counseling and Training
12Paul SelenjeMBlantyreFPAM-YAM
13Susan TemboFChikwawaTBC
14Esther Delibe KampoteFChikwawaReach Out to Girls Organisation
15Veronica NsonaFChikwawaYouth Action For Change
16Mtondera Vitu-Faith MandaFChikwawaFemEng Malawi and Lions International Club
17Emma ChomoFDedzaCitizen Impact Organization
18Mervis LivuzaFDedzaYouth Initiative for Community Development
19Clementine UwinezaFDowaGirls get equal movement
20David GhambiMKarongaHYCF(Helping You Community Forum)
21Susan ChisiFKasunguGirl's On The Lead Young Feminist Movement
22Beatrice MwaleFLikomaSamala Moyo Youth Club
23Queen MwandiraFLilongweFPAM-YAM
24Etta KamtokomaFLilongweTeam Oasis
25Vincent TenthaniMLilongweSociety for Youth development and Social Change
26Howard BowaMLilongweFount For Nations
27Davie Sakuwa MoyohMLilongweHuman Power Organisation
28Robert ChimtoloMLilongweMaphunziro Movement Trust (MMT)
29Rejoice TiwahlaniFLilongweSAT Youth Hub
30John Mpakani KiseweMLilongweNetwork for Youth Development
31Sharonrose ChilindaFLilongweShe Decides Malawi
32Thokozani MphandeFLilongweTrust psychosocial support
33Blessings ChiwosiMLilongweAmbassadors Charity Trust
34Patricia ChimtengoFMachingaCommunity change for youth Development
35Asima KapalepaleMMachingaMachinga Youth Hub
36Charles DailesMMachingaCommunity Change for Youth Development
37Mphatso KapitoMMachingaForum for youth Development
38Patuma KachokaFMachingaNsanama Girls Club
39Joseph Kondwani LogaMMangochiGRANDPEN AFRICA
40Liya BrightonFMangochiMangochi Youth Center
41Gift MajawaMMangochiFPAM-YAM
42Patrah OnionsFMangochiiMonkey Bay Youth Organization
43Daniel KamchachaMMchinjiMindset Youth Club
44Cathreen ChikadzaFMchinjiCISE
45James BandaMMchinjiTransformation of Orphans Lives in Malawi
46Ethel LihomaFMulanjeMulanje Youth Organization
47Isaac LameckMMulanjeTikondane Theatre for Change
48Ephraim Malichi ZuluMMulanjeEducation
49Jonas FadweckMMulanjeThuchila Youth Empowerment Programme and Development Network
50George MlomaMMwanzaTikambe Youth organization
51Lara MugalaFMzimbaMzuzu Crisis Nursery
52Rehema PatricksFMzuzuSection 30
53Innocent MbezumaMMzuzuMzuzu Y+
54Vitumbiko ChavulaFMzuzuWomen Human Rights Defenders
55Faith MbaleFNkhatabayChild Hope Organization
56Keturah JilumbeFNkhatabayMinistry of Health and population
57Wyson LukaMPhalombeChiringa Youth Organisation
58Collings KhalipwinaMPhalombeNyezerera Youth Network
59Lyona Chimwemwe KaluaMRumphiLife Concern Malawi - Youth Hub
60Zizwani MsiskaMRumphiHenga Youth Transformation Network
61Eddah Leonard NyirendaFRumphiGirls Shine Foundation
62Ishmael Cibonda PhiriMSalimaNational Association of Young People Living with HIV
63Kingston SafuyaMSalimaNakondwa Youth Club
64Blessings TsokaMSalimaChisomo Radio Station
65Sifra Roneck DzimbiriFThyoloMulanje Youth Organisation
66Tiyanjane SmartFThyoloChange4US
67Cassim MartinMThyoloChange4US
68Alinafe JamesFZombaZomba Chingale Youth netwok
69Luke Tingopenya NazombeMZombaUnity Youth Club
70Shalom MangongondoFZombaLittle Big Prints Youth Organisation

To proceed to the next step, all shortlisted candidates are encouraged to submit a completed form before the 15th September 2022

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A World for All Ages (The international Youth Day 2022)

Every year on the 12th of August, the world commemorates International Youth Day. This day was set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness and reflect on issues affecting young people worldwide. This year again, Malawi joined the rest of the international community in commemorating this day under the theme “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.”

The theme sought to highlight that to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world needs to leverage the full potential of all generations. Furthermore, the theme sought to utilize young people’s potential as actors of change, which requires involving and empowering them in developing policies and supporting their participation at all levels.

Youth Wave, in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and various stakeholders in Malawi, led the commemoration event at CIVO Stadium in Lilongwe. The event attracted different organizations and youth who showcased their talents, services and other innovative products. 

The event was graced with the presence of Malawi’s Head of State, H.E. Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, who could not hide his admiration for the interventions and innovations done by Malawian Youth in addressing social challenges as a contribution to Malawi 2063. The Head of State, H.E. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera also pledged that his administration will continue with youth-aligned policies and programmes across the nation, for they are crucial in the transitioning of Malawi into a self-reliant and inclusively wealthy nation.

The Head of State H.E Dr. Lazarus Chakwera making his remarks

The event also provided “Networking Zones” for young people and various stakeholders from development agencies and the government. Through the networking zones, young people interacted with different stakeholders and discussed social issues and developmental issues. The platform also provided an opportunity for exploration of ways to foster potential partnerships.

Stakeholders from PAN AFRICAN interacting with young people.

Other activities during the IYD commemoration event were sports, live music and dance performances and SRH service provision. Young people from both Lilongwe urban and rural as well as a few other districts were present at the event.

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Productivity and Mental Health in the Workplace

Increased awareness about mental health in Malawi has escalated the level of concern shown by citizens and organizations. Resultantly, there has been an increase in the availability of psychosocial services provided by specialists in the country. These services are offered to individuals, outside the workplace. It is still in question as to how much psychosocial assistance organisations have to offer their employees.

For decades, organisations have looked at an increase in productivity as cutting costs and increasing output. Labour productivity = Units produced/number of employees at work; this is an example of a formula used by organizations to increase labour productivity. Resultantly, the psychosocial aspect of the employee is often overlooked.

Increase in workload or working hours may escalate stress and pressure on the human mind. This could result in employee burnout or make it difficult for them to attain a work-home balance.

A human’s psychosocial aspect is equally of importance when it comes to increasing productivity in an organisation. According to Lee L Jampolsky, a psychologist, “health does not only refer to the state of the body, but also the state of the mind, which affects the body”. Consequently, the mind affects the body, which in turn affects an employee’s level of productivity.

It is important for organisations to not only look at cutting costs as increasing productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Investing in psychosocial support for employees has the potential to fuel an organisation’s levels of productivity through increased employee efficiency.

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Remembering the Suicide Awareness Month

Remembering the Suicide Awareness Month

Every September, the world celebrates efforts in addressing suicide and mental health issues. We have pretty much seen various messages, hashtags, and flyers with a lot of conversations centered around mental health and encouraging men to talk about their issues. We have all seen the “talk to someone” posts or the “it does not make you any less of a man to seek mental health help” quotes. We have also seen the statistics attached to men on cases of suicide. Many young people (myself included) have resorted to other ways of handling mental health issues other than seeking professional help. But can we blame us? There are hardly professional counselors in our public hospitals. Therapy sessions are barely affordable and when we open up to someone, chances are high that you’ll find your issues trending on social media the next day.

Even if you open up to your parents and close friends, you are bound to be hit with stigma and the “man up” statements. The last thing anyone wants to hear when they are in a bad mental place is “you are strong”. No, they are not, that is why they are seeking help and opening up. When I was hit with mental health issues, all I wanted was to feel accepted and not be labeled as suffering from a white people problem.

Today, we are witnessing several mental health movements and initiatives, including the toll-free counseling lines (which hardly incorporate the majority), institutions, and organizations encouraging people to seek mental health help. But are we doing enough along these lines? We encourage people to go and seek help, only for them to not find the help they need in our institutions at an affordable price. The justification is always “your health is expensive, you should be willing to pay a price for it”. With minimum incorporation of mental health in the general health program, we are bound to continue suffering from the effects of a neglected health sector.

Going forward, what direction would we want to see Malawi take in addressing mental health issues and taking the rising cases of suicide seriously? Increased capacity building for mental health professionals in public hospitals, prioritization of mental health in health plans and programs, and more development partners and organizations should commit to mental health causes and not just in statements. There is a need to increase mental health awareness through peer engagement, creating safe spaces for mental health discussions, taking mental health discussions to hard-to-reach areas, and harnessing the use of digital media. These would kickstart our quest in addressing mental health issues.

As Suicide Awareness Month is coming to an end, remember, you are not alone.

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