Bible Society of Malawi’s Young Samaritan Project to empower youth with life skills

By Misheck Silat Phiri LILONGWE: The year 2024, will be the year of youth between the age of 15 and 25, as they are expected to be empowered with different life skills through Young Samaritan Project to be introduced soon by the Bible Society of Malawi.

The Young Samaritan Project is targeting over 8000 young Malawians across the country, with 1000 young people drawn from each of the selected eight districts namely: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mulanje, Nkhatabay, Mzuzu and Thyolo.

In readiness for the project, the Bible Society of Malawi organised a three-day workshop at Simama Hotel in Lilongwe where 16 participants from all the targeted districts were in attendant.

The participants were taken through the nitty-gritties of the project preparatory to deployment into communities where they will pass over skills to fellow young people and empower them on how they will make proper and positive decisions of life.

In an interview with The Messenger Magazine media crew conducted on the sideline of the gathering the Bible Society Project Manager Wilfred Ngalawa said the Young Samalitan Project is aiming to empower young people in Malawi with different skills so that when they grow up they can be able to make proper and positive decisions for the benefit of in their community and themselves.

Ngalawa said the project will afford the youth with an opportunity to learn how to make good planning about one’s life.

“At the end of the project we want the youth to become well informed, so that they can harness the ability to handle adverse of situation, including the handling of negative things they can affect their life,” he said.

The Project Manager said all that the project wants to achieve is to positively empower young people in Malawi with different life skills especially on how they can make proper and positive decisions as they grow up.

“We want them to be able to plan for their life through well informed on choices. We want the youth to be able to interact with their parents, even on issues that seems to be sensitive to them or the society," Ngalawa said.

He said most of times the targeted group fail to consult their parents about the things that affect them, so this project will among other things provide platform that can allow them to interact with their parents on the different issues.

The project which will be implemented with financial and technical support from Digginis of Norwegians Organization and administrative support from United Bible Society of Malawi is expected to commence on January 1, 2024.

One of participant, John Maliyana from Chilomoni-Blantyre described the workshop as an eye opener and he promised to impart what he has learned to other young people so that they are equipped with life-changing skills and perspectives.





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