Unicef in conjunction with the Mzuzu based Youth Watch Society have donated 20 bicycles to some youths groups operating in Mzimba district to help them with mobility in disseminating HIV and AIDS messages or linking the youths to some service providers.
Some of the youth groups that have received the bicycles are; Ekwendeni Community Organisation, Mzuzu Youth Association, Mtwalo Anti AIDS Support Community Organisation, Ekwaiweni Tafika, Tenecha and Fovadm.
The bicycles have been donated under the programme “Up scaling the response to HIV and AIDS” which aims to reduce new infections among youths both out of school and school going and thereby halting the further spread of HIV in Malawi.
Youth Watch Society Programmes Officer Bonn Benjala said project targets youths in Traditional Authority Mtwalo, Kampingo Sibande and those in Mzuzu and also aims to enhance the capacity of youths to access HTC services.
A representative of the youths, Akim Lutepo assured Youth Watch Society and UNICEF that the bicycles will be put to good use.
“It has always been difficult for us to reach our colleagues in distant places but now our plight has been alleviated and this is an encouragement for us to work extra hard in our impact areas,” said Lutepo.
While the organisation’s Executive director Mteyo Banda said it is his organisation’s vision to have an everlasting relationship with youth saying the bulk of the work in many programmes is done by youth.
“This is a starting point to help you with mobility but you never know may next time we will give you motor bikes if the workload increases. So work hard and within the programme’s objectives,” Banda said.