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Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:52

SURCOD engages Nsanje youth to minimize malnutrition

Written by  Martin Chiwanda and Margaret Phiri

NSANJE, November 30, 2017: Nsanje’s Sustainable for Rural Community Development (SURCOD) organization said involvement of youths in project implementation is crucial for their sustainability.

SURCOD Executive Director, January Mvula in an interview Wednesday said it has proved that when youths are incorporated in the implementation of projects, they own them and subsequently carry on with the activities once the projects phase out.

Mvula revealed that in other countries like Zimbabwe, they have been using the youth to advocate for better health services which has worked well hence his organization intention to do likewise for the implementation of the project.

“The use of youths is very crucial in advocating to fellow youths including children to ensure better lives. The youth have not been recognized in the district despite that they can bring positive change if they are included in project design.

“As SUCORD, through funding from Save the Children, we want to involve the Youth Parliaments in advocating for better living conditions for the children and to make sure that children are malnutrition free in the district.

“We are geared to work with the Youth Parliamentarians in Chididi where there is rampant malnutrition among infants. We know that the messages can easily reach to the communities through the youths so that children and parents should easily be motivated and take action,” said Mvula.

Nsanje District Youth Officer, Richard Juwawo acknowledged the importance of using the youths in community advocacy and commended SURCOD for including them in their project.

Juwawo noted that while the community could understand better issues presented by the youth, the idea of involving them will also make them busy.

“Youth participation in community activities is important as it keeps them busy subsequently restraining them from unruly behaviors,” said Juwawo.

Juwawo therefore called upon the youths to use the opportunity which SURCOD has given them to showcase their talents and skills by making the project success.

He further asked other organisations to emulate what SURCOD has done by including the youths in the implementation of their projects.