World Vision will be investing K3.09 billion in Mangochi for the next three years in a project called Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) aimed at improving the livelihoods, of young women and boys.
Presenting the project outline to the District Executive Committee on Wednesday, Senior Nutrition and HIV AIDS Officer for Mangochi District, Smith Mnenula said AGYW project would target 72,996 in-school youth from 163 schools located in 13 Education Zones of the district.
He said the project would also target 106,167 out of school youths and that it would also work with 200 village development committees across seven Traditional Authorities namely: Chimwala, Chowe, Nankumba, Mponda, Jalasi, Chilipa and Bwananyambi.
“The project is targeting young women and boys aged between 15 and 24 and its main objective is to provide them with opportunities to improve their livelihood while preventing and mitigating HIV/AIDS,” Mnenula said.
He added: “Other specific objectives include improving the education and learning environment for in-school adolescent girls and young women, providing out-of-school adolescent girls and young women with livelihood skills, and improving the target group’s community engagement in specific interventions.”
According to Mnenula, who is member of the district’s technical committee of the project, AGYW is a continuation of a similar project that was implemented in the same seven TAs in 2017 and it phased out in December.
The overall budget for the project is K3,091,821,390.54 from which K2,459,755,268.08 is to cater for direct implementation, K603,006,924.12 for programme management and K29,059,198.33 for monitoring and evaluation.
Chairperson for the DEC meeting, the district’s Assistant Registration Officer, Veronica Musa, hailed World Vision for the huge investment into the district but she advised the organization to keep the council updated on the project.
“My appeal to World Vision is that let this not be your first and last appearance before the DEC, you will be required to furnish us with reports on regular basis so that we should all be able to follow the project’s progress,” she said.