By Daniel Namwini – Mana
SOS Children’s Villages in Lilongwe has distributed variance workshop start up tools to 55 youth from Traditional Authorities (TAs) Chadza and Tsabango who completed their trainings in various vocational programmes at their institutions.
The SOS Children’s Villages made the distribution on Friday at TA Chadza’s headquarters in the district.
Programme Director of the Organisation, Steven Nyirenda said 39 males and 16 females are among the beneficiaries in different programs such as hairdressing and saloon, carpentry, bricklaying and welding and fabrication.
“Carpentry, bricklaying and welding and fabrication start up tools worthy K8.7 million while saloon graduates are worthy K2.9 million bringing to a total of K11.6 million,” he said.
Nyirenda said SOS made the distribution through the Family Strengthening Program (FSP) in partnership with Constructing Jobs, Building Lives (CJBL) and SMEDI Small and Medium Business Enterprise (SMEDI) funded project.
He pointed out that 40 graduates were under the CJBL and 15 under SMEDI.
“Those under CJBL have undergone a six months training and have done Carpentry (17 males, 1 female), Bricklaying (9 males) and Welding and Fabrication (13 males) while those under SMEDI (15 females) have undergone a three months training in hairdressing and saloon,” he pointed out.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Alick Jekemu who has graduated in Welding and Fabrication programme assured that provision of the workshop equipments was a necessity to them.
“These equipments will enable us to get employed and some of us will start our own businesses,” he said.
Chairperson for Chadza Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Jameson Mphanje said the workshop equipments would assist the community in job creation among youth.
“Now our youth will open their workshops that should enable other community members including young people who were not working to start leaning from them hence reducing crime rates in our communities,” he observed.