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  • Ilene Ramsay

We're putting the spotlight on Youth Engagement in Kapeska

Today is international youth day! Join us to celebrate the work of all youth changemakers around the World, including our own #malawiwawi.

We’re putting the spotlight on youth engagement in Kapeska. Without our young volunteers, there would be no sports club, homework mentoring and we wouldn’t be able to run our ‘Helping Elders’ days.

The theme of International Youth Day 2020 is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. Highlighting the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes.

Malawi has a youthful population - 40% of the total population are youth under the age of 15. The youth face diverse challenges, but they also provide incredible solutions (who watched The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind?).

We’ve asked two of our regular youth volunteers - John Jr Manda and Annie M Chirwa - to share with you what they do and why they do it. Joining Malawi Wawi Youth Club, 2 years ago, they have worked successfully to empower the young and vulnerable in our community.

“Our vision is to empower young people within the community. We provide them with a safe educational environment, fostering creativity and sports participation which prepares them for the future of work.

“Those facing financial hardships are given advice on where to find help and support for their educational needs.

“Not only do we help children but also the elderly, by giving out resources such as clothes and soap. Also encouraging a healthy lifestyle by contacting sanitation and hygiene awareness sessions to prevent the spread of diseases within the community,” Said John.

Annie M Chirwa, a student, who is passionate about building a bright future for young people said, “volunteering at Malawi Wawi Youth Club has made me more confident. I help children with lots of different activities in education and sports.

“The centre has become an important part of the community because children can socialise and get help at the same time,” she said.

The most recent successes of our youth volunteer team include coaching our football team and netball teams to successfully win all of their matches! So inspired by the performance of our young athletes and coaches, Malawi national team football players Frank Banda and Ficher Kondowe made a donation to support their transport to and from matches!

After touring the team grounds and watching a match, Frank Banda encouraged our community to continue supporting the Malawi Wawi youth club, saying they "had seen something unique in the playing styles”. Banda said “I am optimistic for the future of these young stars. I believe football can heal many wounds in Malawi”.

Our voluntary youth workers take turns throughout the week to contribute to their community, and what a difference they make. But our work is not done yet. We need your help to continue to empower the youth of Kapeska.

Our sports teams desperately need new jerseys and equipment. Please consider donating to help us purchase these - Donate

Sponsorship - could your organisation sponsor our sports teams? Email Tiwanee at


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