Pioneers of Change have started their own all female football team, ‘The Pioneers’, consisting of 23 players. Football has become very popular and is having a big impact on their confidence levels, self-worth and teambuilding skills.Read More
Pioneers of Change (initiated by funding from McConnell International Foundation) is a growing movement to inform and educate girls at risk of sexual abuse, exploitation, trafficking, early marriage and slavery in Lilongwe, Malawi. Weekly workshops are held with girls and their families to raise awareness of the risks and how they can protect themselves and their friends. The better informed and equipped young girls are, the better chances they have of working together with their community to stop this abuse. Our facilitators are also working with the wider community, holding events and workshops, to change mindsets to create a safer and more supportive and equal environment for young girls in Lilongwe to grow up in.
We now have nearly 300 graduates, and the movement grows every day as more and more girls bring their friends.
Watch our film and see young girls bringing about change in their own communities to stop sexual abuse and exploitation.Read More
Prison for young boys in Malawi can often become a life sentence. Exposure to desperate living conditions, overcrowding and diseases such as HIV, together with no offer of education, rehabilitation or reintegration results in boys often ending up back in prison or worse.
We have opened a new reformatory centre offering young men and boys rehabilitation and training to start their own businesses. Here they learn bricklaying, bicycle and motorbike repairs, giving them the best chance at a new start in life when they finish their sentence. We also work within prisons offering rehabilitation and reintegration back into communities.
Watch our film and see how chance for change is offering an alternative to prison - delivering business training, life skills and effective reintegration programmes.Read More
Our team have started delivering a six-week enterprise-training programme to 46 young people living in Dzaleka. This programme has been met with impressive energy and commitment from the young people. They are learning how to plan a business, identify opportunities within their situation, manage risk and get started.Read More
Girls Lead The Way To Stop Trafficking and Exploitation
Pioneers For Change is a new programme, designed by our team to try and stop the harmful and widespread practice of school aged girls being trafficked or coerced into sex work or other forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. Our young Malawian team are going to extraordinary lengths to create a programme with real impact. Delivering workshops within primary schools, conducting extensive family visits, working alongside the police and schools to ensure a holistic and effective programme.Read More
Prison for young boys in Malawi can often become a life sentence. Exposure to desperate living conditions, overcrowding and diseases such as HIV, together with no offer of education, rehabilitation or reintegration mean boys often end up back in prison or worse. Chance For Change runs programmes both with prisons, and in our community based residential alternative to prison to help boys learn a skill and a trade, and support them on the difficult return back to their communities.Read More
As part of a new C4C project, Young Malawians are developing and innovating new local solutions a critical problem facing Malawi- the deforestation caused by wood being cut down for fuel. Working in partnership with local farmers, and employing local young people as business leaders, local firewood is being grown sustainably and delivered directly to the local community. Watch this short film where the team will tell you more!Read More
Alternative to Custody is a new project offering young people and children an alternative to custodial sentences in prison. In prison boys face over crowded cells, where 20 boys are jammed into a room so small they cannot all lie down at the same time. There is no education, learning, rehabilitation or programme to reintegrate. Once the sentence is over they are turfed out onto the street.
We have opened a new residential reformatory centre and reintegration programme as an alternative. We offer young men and boys rehabilitation and training to start their own businesses. They learn bricklaying, bicycle and motorbike repairs, so they have a better chance at a new start in life when they finish their sentence. We also work within prisons offering rehabilitation and reintegration back into communities. Many boys leaving prisons have no where to go and have lost touch with their families (some of whom do not even know their boys are in prison). We help them find their families and overcome any stigma or challenges they face when returning home.Read More
Rites of Passage works with young Malawians in townships in Lilongwe, where youth unemployment is extremely high and young people are at risk of becoming involved in crime. The programme builds towards each participant becoming an inspiring leader in their community, as advocates, ambassadors or entrepreneurs.
We deliver innovative personal development programme, informal education to local school children, take part in youth advocacy activities and contribute to the local economy through enterprise development. Exciting new projects have emerged from young participants, for example Rocket Wood a sustainable firewood project.
Since 2012, 1000 participants have completed the Rites of Passage programme and engaged with more than 8000 young people.Read More
Reintegration of young people who have been in prison, was the focus in our Global Forgiveness Day Campaign on the 7th of July 2016; a campaign designed and supported by Kate Nicoli, our TIE placement from UK.
One of the most important challenges facing young men and boys when they leave prison is that they may not be accepted back into their community. This successful event was well attended, and raised awareness on the importance of forgiving young people who have been in prison, and giving them a chance to return and start their lives afresh in their communities.