MALAWI - YOUTH PROGRAMMES
In Malawi we work with and support young people who are at risk of exploitation, unemployed or who have come into conflict with the law. With funding and support from the Scottish Government, we have designed and are delivering two programmes to help young people build their confidence, learn new skills and become leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. In 2017 we began piloting two new programmes, a girls rights and empowerment programme Pioneers For Change, and a entrepreneurship training programme for refugees in Malawi's largest camp Dzaleka.
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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.
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.