Partners in Health equips youths with vocational skills

Neno, Neno based Partners in Health (PIH) has trained 27 young people with vocation skills that will enable them raise their social economic status in the district.

Programs Director for PIH Brian Munday told Malawi News Agency in an interview that the training is a way of improving people’s lives as the organisation aims at contributing to economic development in addition to its focus on social development through health programs.

We expect nothing from them except to support their families. They should to use those skills to improve their lives and those of other people around them.

We hope that these vocational skills will empower them to create income for their lives, Munday said.

The training is part of the social-economic rights program by the organisation where assistance is given to vulnerable groups identified in communities.

The program is training the youths in carpentry, food processing, needle work and design. It is also providing startup materials for their businesses.

One of the beneficiaries, Mathews Chingwalu said the skills he has acquired will help him become independent in the near future.

Since I completed my secondary education, I had nothing to do but now I will be able to earn something that will help me and my family in our daily needs, Chingwalu said.

Member of Parliament for Neno South, who was guest of honour, Emmanuel Lonzo advised the youths to embrace the skills and knowledge acquired as it would play key role to their transformation.

If the skills attained will be put to proper use, you will be able to create some jobs in your communities, which will result in economic development of these areas and the country.

He applauded PIH for assisting in different areas where need arises even when it falls outside its scope of work.

Government of Malawi is also promoting community colleges where vocational skills are taught to people.

Partners in Health, based in Boston, United States of America, began their work in Neno in 2007.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA