By Martin Chiwanda – Mana.
Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (FOCESE) has bailed out Nsanje youths with Covid 19 Personal Protective Equipment, worth K2.5million.
The development comes at a time Nsanje youth authorities were worried that the youth crime rate has been escalating since the first Covid 19 case was recorded in the district.
Making a symbolic presentation to the youths Wednesday, FOCESE Executive Director, Christie Banda said through their project, Youth Inclusive Participation Empowerment (YIPE) with funding from Dan Church Aid (DCA) decided to provide the protective materials so that youths should be able to meet and discuss their issues while observing Covid19 preventive measures.
Christie said as youths even in the time of Covid 19, they are supposed to meet and share Covid related messages and measures hence the need for them to observe the standard measures.
“We have been observing that most of the youth clubs and the youth themselves have not been active since the occurrence of the Covid 19 pandemic. After consulting them, they said they cannot risk themselves as they have no protective equipment.
“Therefore, as a youth organization, we thought it wise that we provide such protective equipment to them so that they still provide the necessary services to their respective areas,” said Banda.
The FOCESE Executive Director further said as youths they are supposed to protect themselves and make sure that all the protective measures for Covid 19 are followed.
Seda Bonzo, chairperson for Nsanje district youth network while applauding the gesture by FOCESE, revealed that the youth in the district have been dormant which has contributed to youth crime rate.
Bonzo noted that most of the youth are indulging in unruly behaviours since they remain in their homes without doing anything.
“I must thank FOCESE for the support to the youths. We were not able to meet and discuss issues that affect us during this time of the pandemic. The protective equipment will help us to meet while observing the protective measures instituted by the Malawi government,” said Bonzo.
He said youths in the district have a crucial role in making sure that preventive messages about the Covid 19 pandemic reaches out to the communities they are coming from.
Bonzo however, urged the youth in the district to encourage each other to seek health services during the time of Covid 19 situations.