Chance for Change was established in 2011 by leading professionals in the field of youth development with considerable experience in other organisations including Venture Trust and Save the Children. As well as supporting young people in the UK, the institution has established separate development programmes that support marginalised young people in Nepal and Malawi. Since their establishment, they have secured over £500k for their work in the UK and abroad, developing strong partnerships with funders including the Souter Trust and the Rank Foundation. Their main objective is to educate and empower the youth, giving them the tools to build a better life and community.
When it comes to young offenders, judges in Malawi currently only have two options: innocence or jail. It’s not uncommon for people to go to jail for 3 – 5 years for stealing a mobile phone. You have young guys who are under age and put into horrible (!) conditions in jail. And coming out HIV+ positive, malnourished, and many times, some aren’t getting out. Regularly they have found people who are being left in jail long after they should have been released.
Chance 4 Change wants to change that. They are developing a Custody Centre for young offenders. The idea is that the young offenders would go to the centre to be educated and trained. This is an exciting project where they are introducing new ideas that are different from the current status quo. Their goal is to stop looking at these young people as criminals. And instead, send them out with tools to set up businesses and be entrepreneurs. Malawi is such a poor country, and there are not enough jobs for well qualified people. Never mind people who have spent their teenage years behind bars. The idea is to create skills for self employment.
In order for all of this to come to fruition, Chance 4 Change needs help spreading the word about the centre and why it is so important for Malawi. They need to get the police, the government, and the social welfare ministries in Malawi knowing about the Centre and help them understand how and why it’s a viable option to prison and that this is there for the judiciary to use.
This TIE campaign will help them communicate with the judiciary system and raise awareness of the Centre.