Every time I see suspects like the ones pictured here, convicted criminals, or read stories of crime in my country Malawi, I think about youth and community empowerment or lack thereof.
In 2009 when I visited my maternal home area of Thondwe Zomba, I noticed a multitude of youths roaming around aimlessly (yambakata yambakata) around our Trading Centre on a Market Day and I said that to the people I was with that “if we do not do anything about these youths, they will turn into desperados and are going to terrorize us in our community”. That is what has driven my motivation for working on youth and community empowerment through our community-based organization, the Thondwe Youth Skills Development Organization (THOYODO).
Police services fight crime while youth and community empowerment will help reduce both crime and the burden on police services and community policing. Please, get together with your Hommies and empower the youth and your home community.
Let us Organize Against Poverty; one youth, one community at a time.