The Child Development Support Organization is a community-based organization in Mzuzu in the north of Malawi. The project is a development support organist, and focuses on children’s rights and development by running a variety of support projects.
Their involvement with early development of children, training in vocational skills for adults, general life skills development and HIV/AIDS education and prevention are an essential need in this community, with many challenges such as income generation, extreme poverty, low life expectancy, child neglect and more. Their work brings the opportunity for this community to get help and support in creating better lives.
They have 3 pre-schools for children between the ages of 2-5 years with the current enrollment of 138 children.
We make every effort to teach awareness to the community about the rights of children and duties of the households in upholding these rights. Some of the biggest challenges in the abuse of the rights of children are; sexual abuse, child labor (mostly for girls) and early marriage where girls as young as 14 are married off.
As HIV and AIDS are a very serious social problem in most parts of Malawi, the Masasa community is not spared from this. The project is working with the community in prevention, care and support through 2 HIV/AIDS support groups for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Volunteers can get involved in helping with a range of youth programs and activities, such as;
Youth leadership skills and life skills
Career guidance for youth
HIV/AIDS education and prevention of other sexually transmitted infections
Youth-aimed community charity work programs
Sports and recreational activities.
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