Youth Entrepreneurship Program
One of our first initiatives was to establish a Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) that would cater to at-risk youth in the community. The YEP after-school program consists of free computer skills training courses that give some of the most vulnerable youth an opportunity to learn modern technology and software. It is from this program that we identify students to receive scholarship for further education.
After establishing the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, we began to hand select stand-out students from the program to attend secondary education. The goal is that by supporting these students in their secondary education with scholarship, they will be empowered to return to the community to teach and administer to younger students in the program, thus creating a cycle of knowledge sharing.
Because malaria is a widespread issue in Malawi, we have dedicated a portion of our funds towards supplying mosquito nets for youth in the community so they can remain healthy and able to attend school. We also supply many of these students with soap and other daily essentials to reduce their vulnerability to disease.
The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is predicated on Christian ideals and our students our taught that following the life and teachings of Jesus Christ is the one and only way towards salvation. We use the Word of God to encourage & inspire youth in fellowship and to help them find hope in their futures.
RiseUp Malawi's newest initiative is a music program launched in July 2018 that gives youth an opportunity to learn how to write and compose worship music and music designed to spread awareness of social issues such as HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases. The music program provides a space for creativity and honest and open discussion.
FOOD CRISIS INTERVENTION
Climate change has caused unpredictable weather patterns in Malawi, resulting in dry spells that drastically affect crop harvests. Infestations of army worms present an additional barrier to crop harvests. Because Malawi's economy is over-dependent on subsistence farming, when crops are not successfully produced during harvest season, many people go hungry and there a food crisis. RiseUp Malawi has set aside funds to intervene when this happens and we are currently analyzing farm inputs in order to avoid these food crises and intervene before crops go bad.