With donations from Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS) MD Chris Badger, his wife Pam, and the Rosemary Pencil Foundation, a face-mask production project was launched at the Chihame YES Club in Chintheche.
The Chihame Centre received two sewing machines as donations. At the same time, further to the south, the Nanthomba Centre in Liwonde also received two sewing machines, theirs from Nanthomba Primary School.
CITW youth, who have acquired sewing skills from previous life-skills training, led their fellow youth in the face-mask project, as one way of combating COVID-19.
By the end of November over 500 face masks had been produced and donated to school pupils who could not afford to buy a face mask. For the youth, this is leadership in practice.
For CITW, such a gesture from the youth is indeed an indicator that the programme is effective in training the youth to become patriotic leaders in their rural communities. Some of the leadership skills, which CITW youth are taught and practice, are those of assessing environmental and social issues, and coming up with possible solutions.
A total of 80 youth participated in the production of the face masks.
By Symon Chibaka – CITW Malawi Programme Co-ordinator