Tumaini Letu, an organisation that spearheaded Tumaini Festival held at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District, has engaged youth in workshops on mindset change which started yesterday and will end today.
The organisation’s founder and director Tresor Mpauni, better known as Menes la Plume, said Thursday that they thought of holding behaviour change workshops to bring awareness to youths in the camp.
“These workshops are part of our youth engagement programmes as we look ahead to the festival coming up in November,” he said.
Mpauni said the first set of workshops titled ‘Preventing drug and substance abuse among the youth’ will be implemented with support from Rei Foundation Limited, a New Zealand based organisation.
He said this was all done in an effort to fight drug and substance abuse, which is a growing issue among youth.
“This is all about raising awareness, increase sensitisation and discuss these issues deeply,” Mpauni said.
He said, every year, Tumaini Letu engages the youth in creative skills development workshops through its flagship programme Tumaini Festival.
“This year, Tumaini Letu is scaling up its youth engagement programmes because it saw a need for such workshops and discussions to be held within the camp”.
“We want to do more. This is all about building up momentum inside Dzaleka as we look forward to holding the festival from November 4 to 7 2021,” he said.