Oxfam in Malawi country director Lingalireni Mihowa says her organisation alongside its partner Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (Cavwoc) has encouraged adolescent girls and young women in Balaka to seek sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
She said this yesterday during a meeting with Cavwoc in the district.
“I am also pleased that the project has established nine youth clubs and empowered the youth economically through their participation in village savings and loans groups,” said Mihowa.
On his part, Cavwoc executive director Kelton Bolokonya hailed the collaboration with implementing partners.
“We have empowered the youth with SRH information so that they are able to make informed decisions on their lives,” he said.
In his remarks, a community policing coordinator Harrison Nogwe suggested that partners in the project should meet local leaders on initiation ceremonies.
“Initiation ceremonies continue to be conducted outside the school calendar. We need to stop this,” he said.
With K1.9 billion funding from Global Affairs Canada, Oxfam in Malawi, Cavwoc and Family Planning Association of Malawi are implementing Her Future Her Choice Project in Lilongwe and Balaka districts.