By Alfred Mthandizi
World Vision Project A4AY has rescued 56 girls from the jaws of early mrriages, a senior World Vision official has confirmed. World Vision District Project officer Thandeka Nkhonde said A4AY has indeed rescued 56 young girls in the area of Traditional Authority Maganga in Salima only. Thandeka said commended chiefs and members of the general public for being corporative. “In fact the project has various components which include youth empowerment and Village banking just to mention a couple,” said Thandeka.
Thandeka said the project aims at training and empowering the youth to become productive citizens in their community and improve literacy levels. Thandeka said the project is taking place in Traditional Authority Maganga, Bibi Kuluunda and Kambwiri in Salima, Traditional Kanyenda in Nkhotakota, Kaphuka, and Kachere in Dedza. Salima District Youths officer Aubrey Banda says the project has indeed brought wanderers in Salima saying issues of early marriages have drastically dropped.
Banda commended good working relationship between Village Development Committees, Community Based Organizations, Government Ministries and faith based organizations. With the project in Salima alone, 68 teachers have been trained in various skills, 75 youths have been trained in leadership and management, 48 care givers have been trained in early childhood development care givers while 45 youths are trained in entrepreneurship.
Emmanuel Phiri is a Chair person at Chikondi Youth Ready Club in the area of Senior Group Village headman Ngolomi in T/A Kambwiri. Phiri says the youths are fully empowered with the project. According to Phiri the youths are now engaged in small scale development activities.