Support 15 Youth to Make Art & Stop AIDS in Malawi

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Support 15 Youth to Make Art & Stop AIDS in Malawi
Support 15 Youth to Make Art & Stop AIDS in Malawi
Support 15 Youth to Make Art & Stop AIDS in Malawi

Project Report | Jun 11, 2020
Tipewe Corona (prevent Corona)

By Sharon Kalima | MASA Programme Manager

To engage their fellow youth on Corona Virus prevention, the MASA Squad came up with a youthful song and video to raise awareness on how everyone plays a huge role in reducing the spread of Corona Virus. The song, Tipewe Corona (Prevent Corona) features tips to help individuals stay safe and protect themselves from the virus. It's being played on national radio stations, and MASA Programme Manager Sharon Kalima was featured on Times TV to share more on the initiative. 

We then set a dance challenge for young people to create their own dances to the song. Young people from across Malawi submitted a range of creative entries.

“I joined the challenge because I personally wanted to be part of the larger community that's working so hard in providing the awareness on COVID-19, I'm a dancer and this is how I express myself and communicate." said winner, Busisiwe from Lilongwe. 

In Second place phenomenal dance crew from Dzaleka refugee camp, Salama Africa Dance Crew stole our hearts with their energy and creativity. The dancers shared with us why dance is so important to them:

“In Malawi people were taking dance as something that helped them to lose time... I am proud of this because together with my managers we have rebuilt the dance industry of Malawi with our Salama Africa project. No one knew us, but now the whole country of Malawi knows about Salama Africa dancers. We have put dance on the front line so that we can change the narrative of our fellow refugees in Malawi and in the world.”

We're excited to have recruited a team of dynamic MASA graduates to act as mentors for a new project, which will use learning from MASA Youth to empower grassroots Youth-Focused Organisations (YFOs) in Zomba district to use participatory arts and Human-Centred Design approaches to create their own Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights projects. 

“One of the reasons that inspired me to join the mentors team is that I already have the basic knowledge on facilitation and arts which I obtained from previous projects with ArtGlo. There are indeed many grassroots YFOs which can benefit from the approaches we use at ArtGlo in tackling adolescents sexual and reproductive Health Right challenges in their communities. I have a feeling that as a mentor it will be an interesting experience.” Said Dave, one of the new mentors.

You can read more about Dave and the other mentors here https://www.artgloafrica.org/our-stories/how-four-young-leaders-are-helping-artglo-champion-asrhr-in-local-communities, and do follow our social media to follow the progress of our mentors and the YFOs!

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Art & Global Health Center Africa

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