Songani Youth Centre

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The youth work and HIV project began in 2003 - it started in our imagination. During a visit to Malawi Julian Watson asked Peatry Ntodwa “how would you describe Malawi?” Peatry answered “Malawi is a land of funerals.” The second question was “what is the goal of your life?” Peatry answered “We are in a war with HIV and we are going to beat it!”

Our current project is located at Songani - 10 miles north of Zomba. We are currently in a temporary rented building but right now with the support of a very generous sponsor building work has started on a brand new youth centre. This will be a fantastic resource and community building. The land was purchased in July 2018 and we will keep this page updated with developments.

This Center is sponsored by Manor CE Academy in York who raise funds each month through their non-uniform day. In addition the project owns and runs a maize mill, funded by the York Corinthians Charity providing additional income. Other sponsors provide daily newspapers and books for the library.

The staff are an amazing group. They are totally dedicated to the task and over the years they have won the trust of their community. 

Malawi is in a war with HIV and those of us who have been visiting Malawi for the last 20 to 30 years know something of the impact of AIDS in Malawi. In the 1990’s Malawians were reluctant to openly talk about HIV but the evidence of its devastating impact could be seen all around. Families were losing young parents, there were more and more orphans and life expectancy was 40 years. Today life expectancy is over 60 years and the national HIV rate has been halved.

BUT, the war isn’t over yet. Progress has been slow in some areas and this is why our HIV project has moved from Jali to Songani. 

Malawi’s HIV prevalence is one of the highest in the world, with 9.2% of the adult population (aged 15-49) living with HIV.
— UNAIDS Data 2018

New Building

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 Our current project is located at Songani - 10 miles north of Zomba. We are currently in a temporary rented building but right now with the support of a very generous sponsor building work has started on a brand new youth centre. This will be a fantastic resource and community building. The land was purchased in July 2018 and we will keep this page updated with developments.

This Center is sponsored by Manor CE Academy in York who raise funds each month through their non-uniform day. In addition the project owns and runs a maize mill, funded by the York Corinthians Charity providing additional income. Other sponsors provide daily newspapers and books for the library.

The staff are an amazing group. They are totally dedicated to the task and over the years they have won the trust of their community. 

CAN YOU HELP?

  • There is always more that can be done and we are looking for fundraisers to support the HIV work. We are looking for sponsors who can afford £5/month. Extra funding will enable us to emply a second HIV counsellor.

  • The project needs resources for its library. Local school students often come to study because their secondary schools lack essential text books.

  • Consider joining us on one of our visits to Malawi and offering a workshop or simply learning more about the work that is being carried out.

  • Do a Gap Project based at the HIV project and offer activities that will help attract people to the Center.