Safe-Life Youth Club
The SAFE Life Youth Clubs were established to provide the young people in the villages with psycho-social support. Many of these young people are orphaned and/or vulnerable in a number of ways, for example as a result of gender-based domestic violence. The Youth Club leaders are trained as peer educators to conduct HIV prevention activities. These activities are drawn from the WHY WAIT? curriculum, which was developed as a Life Skills curriculum to address issues of prevention of HIV and other risky behaviours, and has been revised on an on-going basis. Some Youth Club Leaders have already been trained to provide psycho-social support to their peers, and more will be trained in the coming year. Apart from that, the young people have the opportunity to engage in a variety of other activities, such as drama, cooking and knitting, as well as sports. SAFE is seeking to introduce income-generating activities as funding becomes available.
Cathy Cheonga is the Regional Education Coordinator of SAFE and oversees the SAFE-life youth clubs. Her she is with the youth group at Nsungwi
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