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YOWORI Advocates for Youths Economic Empowerment in Neno

YOWORI officials presenting their Project Note to Neno CSO's YOWORI officials presenting their Project Note to Neno CSO's - pic by Steve Kalungwe

A local non-governmental organization working in Neno district, Young Women Rise has emphasized on the need for young girls and the youth to be economically empowered as a means of protecting them from harmful practices that may threaten their future.

Executive Director of the organization, Milliam Chilemba, has told Zodiak Online on Wednesday, that through funding from the Women First International Fund (WFIF), they intend to reach young girls from age 10 and youths of up to 35-years with innovations that will help them achieve life goals like those residing in towns.

She told us that there is a big gap between hard to reach areas youths and those in urban areas in terms of how they access certain services like banks, education, recreation and others.

"We want to work with the district council and other non-governmental organisations in trying to identify areas we should come in, this will also be done in consultation with the youths themselves so that we don't miss on their needs," she said.

The organization, which is also working in Chiradzulu district as its headquarters, has been receiving a yearly funding of $15,000 to implement its activities and is hopeful that WFIF will do the same in Neno.

Neno district council director of planning and development Charles Lomoni has welcomed the idea saying Neno district needs more support in terms of uplifting the lives of youths living in hard to reach areas.

The DPD then said that "we believe that with your experience from Chiradzulu, you will be able to integrate fast in our communities especially here around the Boma where you will start your works to ease mobility issues for now".

This has also been echoed by the Neno Civil Societies Organisations chairperson Samson Njolomole who said that a lot of youths in the district lack entrepreneurial skills and find it hard to access social amenities due to long distances.

He then asked for collaboration in the endeavor saying lack of communication and coordination results duplication of efforts which at the end negatively impact on the would-be beneficiaries.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 27/12/2023

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