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REPSI, YWCA Empower Young Mothers

The Regional Psycho Social Initiative (REPSI) and Young Women Christian Association of Malawi have touted the combined efforts being implemented targeting young mothers as beneficial to promoting economic empowerment.

REPSI Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Constantine Mitengo told Zodiak on Friday afternoon that the provision of startup capital of over 15 million kwacha and psycho social support services to 360 adolescent mothers in Blantyre and Machinga has assisted the beneficiaries to be self-reliant with others getting back to school.

“In December, 2021, we supported each adolescent mother with K40, 000 to start small scale businesses. We also established Community Based Child Care Centres (CBCCCs) to ensure that children of these women are accessing lessons at a tender age and grow up in a favorable environment,” said Mitengo.

He further stated that they are engaging young mothers (YM) champions to provide child management, sexual reproductive health and gender-based violence services to adolescent mothers.

Some CBCCC committee members in Machinga including Dorothy Maulidi and Hawkins Chiwaya have encouraged parents to make full utilization of the centres to ensure that their children are benefiting.

“We commend REPSI and Young Women Christian Association of Malawi (YWCA) for the interventions that targeted young mothers and their children. This has improved the lives of people in our area,” said Maulidi.

REPSI and YWCA are implementing a three-year project in Blantyre and Machinga with funding from Comic Relief.

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