Nanzikambe Arts has secured US $16000 (about K11.5 million) funding to nurture a cadre of artists through formation of arts clubs for marginalized groups in the country.
The group secured funding from Hivos Regional Office and Hivos Malawi through the Cultural Fund for Malawi.
The organization’s Managing Director, Chris Nditani said the funding is for formation of four Community Arts Clubs targeting disabled; aspiring young females who have just left school; young inmates at Mpemba Boys Home and vulnerable women.
The year-long funding commences December 2016 and expends November 2017. The project will see monthly theatre trainings for these groups done by qualified Nanzikambe trainers and facilitators.
“During the last quarter of the training sessions, the trainees will come up with theatrical productions showcasing whatever they have learnt over the period.
“The aim of the project is to nurture a cadre of artists that could potentially co-mingle with Nanzikambe’s current crop of seasoned artists so as to sustain theatre arts industry in Malawi,” explained Nditani.
Each Community Arts Club will have 20 members for a more personalized training for optimal impact.
On related development, the organization has also secured a grant of K10 million from National Initiative for Civic Education for a project on Local Governance, Responsiveness, Transparency and Accountability.
The project also has a component of promoting mutual coexistence between people in communities and people with albinism and is being implemented in seven southern region districts including Neno, Mwanza, Nsanje, Chikwawa.
“The team has just finished Chikwawa on Friday and will travel to Mulanje on Saturday 31st December for a week then Zomba for four days before finalizing Blantyre with 16 drama shows done at Traditional Authority level,” added Nditani.