Lilongwe Youth Organization

Lilongwe Youth Organization

Malawi

The LYO was established in Kauma Village in 1994 with a general mission to provide care and support to needy people and to advocate human rights, especially for those affected by HIV/AIDS.  It is an entirely youth-run organization and thus operates much of its programming on the basis of peer education. The LYO strives to help disadvantaged children in our community to afford daily subsistence and secondary education and help illiterate adults obtaining basic literacy skills. 

 For over 15 years, the LYO has had experience operating community-level education campaigns in the following topics: HIV/AIDS, gender equality, and human rights.  Since 2006, the organization has operated without external funding on the basis on small income-generating activities.   

 The organization has an eight-member board of directors managed by an Executive Director, Finance Officer and a Farm Manager. All members are volunteers.  An objective Board of Trustees comprised of community members ensures the transparency and accountability of the LYO.   It is a modest enterprise and consists of land for farming, a school building with two classrooms, an office with library, and a toilet for girls and one for boys. 


Cost: Medium
Availability: 2
Program Type: Internship
Language: English
Available Subjects: geodesy and geomatics engineering , international development studies

Testimonial

Bradley Poirier, Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering  worked as a Youth Development Intern at the Lilongwe Youth
Organization and promoting educational opportunities for Kauma Village Youth.

Testimonial

Riley Dearden, Youth Development (Good Governance) intern,

Riley Dearden"This past summer I had the chance to go to Malawi as an AUCC SfD intern. This was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life. The internship gave me valuable experience working with NGO’s and government in a foreign country. The lessons I learned, people I met and experiences I had will certainly help me in all my future endeavors. As a law student that is interested in working internationally I am very thankful for the chance to spend three months in Africa and develop my skill set.

I worked for the Lilongwe Youth Organization in Lilongwe, Malawi. The LYO is a secondary school that provides a much needed service to the youth in Kauma Village. The beginning of my internship was spent working with the teachers in the classroom. It was extremely rewarding to interact with the students on a daily basis. At the same time, the fellow interns and I also organized a sports day/soccer tournament that focused on bringing awareness to the issues of HIV/AIDS and child nutrition. We distributed condoms, informational pamphlets and were able to provide free HIV/AIDS testing to 50 people. This event brought out almost 2000 people from the community and was one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of! After the students went on summer break I had a chance to work more closely with the staff at the LYO. We developed workshops dealing with financial literacy and e-learning, and tried to improve their business practices anyway that we could.

Beyond the internship, I also had the pleasure of living and traveling with 9 other interns. We were able to see beautiful Lake Malawi and many other amazing sights that Africa had to offer. The chance to travel and experience other cultures is something that every person should experience. Throughout the summer I met so many amazing people – from students to teachers and many other people in the community. I am still in contact with most of these people and consider them lifelong friends."

Testimonial

Spencer Moores, International Development Studies worked with the Lilongwe Youth Organization to promote Youth Development in Kauma Village