“We help young people take charge of their future and begin their own life story.”
Chance For Change supports young people in the UK, Malawi and Nepal whose lives and potential are challenged by being homeless, unemployed or in conflict with the law. We help young people make powerful changes in their lives by focussing on their talents and potential. Enabling and motivating young people to make a better future for themselves and their community.
In the UK we work by using adventure and journeying as tools to build the skills and confidence needed for successful independence. In Malawi and Nepal we help young people become leaders in their communities, helping them become active social citizens and entrepreneurs.
STORIES OF CHANGE
My biggest achievement was figuring my life out, and making plans for my future. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in beautiful landscapes and meet people who have affected my life in a tremendously positive way. If it was not for Chance For Change I would not be making a fresh start in a new city and continuing my education.
Mark was in his last year of a three year prison sentence with hard labour, when Chance For Change opened the first ever community based reformatory centre in Malawi. At the new centre, Mark was offered vocational skills and rehabilitation. Mark trained in bricklaying and business skills. His rehabilitation was further supported through cognitive behavioural support and help planning his future. He is now earning a living building houses in his community.
Without Chance For Change, I like many young Nepalese girls would be married with children, and my education and youth would be over. Today I am employed and studying for a degree in Education. I am also playing a positive role in my community, inspiring and motivating other young people to find their vocations and roles in life.
From a young man living a life of drinking and getting into trouble, Edson has become an active citizen, helping out and delivering community events and projects. He is currently working on a waste disposal project, to try and protect the community from diseases such as cholera and malaria.
Michael was 14 years old when he was sentenced to four years in prison with hard labour, in an overcrowded prison where you are lucky to get one meal a day. When Chance For Change started the Routes to Change programme, Michael was referred for rehabilitation and was supported to reintegrate back into his community. He is now back at school, volunteering for his local police force, helping keep the community safe.