Saturday, 7 October 2017


Log felling for plunks in Muwango

On Saturday 7 October 2017, YAACC launched the Tchemba and Muwango Forest Conservation Project in Mzimba.

The project, which is supported by the Global Greengrants Fund to the tune of $4701, is going to be implemented in twelve months. The project seeks to help in conserving the indigenous Tchemba and Muwango Forests in the areas of Group village Headmen Yesaya Shumba and Jacob Phiri in Mzimba District.

Speaking at the occasion, GVH Yesaya Shumba commneded YAACC for showing commitment to help his community. He asked his subjects to support the project fully because it is for the benefit of all.

Equally happy, GVH Jacob Phiri also commended YAACC for choosing to help his community to conserve Muwango Forest. He asked YAACC to be sincere with its promise to help the community.

After the launch ceremonies, site visits to the concerned forests were conducted and what was seen confirmed the level of damage  to the forests. This makes the project a timely intervention.

How mining activities are disrupting forest conservation in Tchemba

Monday, 14 November 2016


Temwa Office, Mzuzu
In a bid to enhance programme delivery capacity, YAACC on Friday, 11 November 2016, toured programme sites for Temwa, a charity organisation working in communities in Nkhata Bay district.

YAACC was represented by six members: Evans Lwara, Herbert Shumba, Dan Katete, Tuwani Chirwa, Fiscian Nsini and Chimembe Junior. The team arrived at Temwa offices around 9 am where a briefing on what the two organisations do was done. After that, YAACC was led to Mzgola and Njiri areas where Temwa is running the Nkhata Bay Natural Way programme.

Lwara with Mr Chavula
Mzgola tree  nursey 
At Mzgola, YAACC was introduced to a lead farmer Mr Custom Chavula who led the team down the valley where nursery tree raising and demonstration garden is done. At the site, YAACC met one Chimwemwe Mhango who is the area's Extension Volunteer. Mr Mhango explained how Temwa has helped the community in terms of not only conservation but also household nutritional support.

"They give us various seeds for vegetables for each family to improve its nutrition," he told us.

Mzgola Village Nutural Resources Management Committee carters for two villages: Katemanga and Kapazuka villages.

Njiri pine woodlot initiative
At Njiri area, we visited a Village woodlot initiative where pine trees are being planted on a sloppy hillside. The site revealed total commitment by the community to ensure vegetative cover.

In his remarks to Temwa officer responsible for agriculture, YAACC team leader, Evans Lwara expressed gratitude for being allowed to tour Temwa and their programme areas.

"We have learnt a lot from our visit. We hope that this is the beginning of more good things to come in the near future," Lwara said.

The visit was organised to expose YAACC members to what other organisations are doing. it was also aimed at sharing with Temwa what YAACC does so as to open  opportunities for information sharing on issues of climate change and climate smart agriculture.

an after visit photo with Temwa Officers

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Destruction by miners in Tchemba Forest
YAACC has helped communities surrounding Tchemba Forest complete consultation process for the establishment of Forest management Plan (FMP) and By-Laws.

Tchemba Forest, which is about 26 hectares, is found about 12 kilometers west of Mzimba Town at Tchemba Hill at Kamilaza in the area of Group Village Headman (GVH) Yesaya Shumba. it was annexed for conservation over half a century ago. It consists of largely deciduous indigenous trees of various species.

YAACC's involvement in conservation efforts of the Forest started in 2013 when GVH Yesaya Shumba approached YAACC for help in the protection of  the forest against destruction due to illicit mining activities that were being perpetuated by various small-scale mining groups. The miners were digging the forest for precious rocks little regard to conservation.

YAACC begun the intervention by helping to suspend all mining activities until proper procedures are laid down. This was met with stiff resistance from the miners but having educated the community on sustainable mining activities, all miners were forcefully evicted.

During the 2016 commemoration of the World Environmental Day organised by YAACC at Kamilaza, the District Forest Officer for Mzimba, who was Guest of Honor, reiterated the need to urgently come up with a Forest Management Plan and By-Laws to facilitate effective conservation of the Forest. YAACC begun facilitating this process in September 2016 and finished it on October 17, 2016.

In the consultation sessions, which were four in total, we had chiefs, Village development representatives, women and youths  participating actively. All contents of the FMP and By-Laws are entirely what the community members agreed upon. Some issues were very contentious but consensus was always reached despite lengthy deliberations.

YAACC looks forward to the finalizing of the first draft copies of the two documents. With these two documents in place
, conservation of Tchemba Forest will no longer be a problem.

Friday, 5 February 2016


Below is a list of volunteers who are behind the restructured YAACC, 2016-2017. They were recruited in January and officially oriented on 15 January, 2015. This is a team of dedicated young people who are willing to sacrifice their all, for the sake of saving mother earth and lives in communities. Their driving force is the desire for a better future. That future can only be created now and not tomorrow.

Evans Lwara, Executive Director
Herbert Kango Shumba, Programmes and District Coordinator
Daniel Katete, Finance and Administrative Officer

Nyengo Timothy Kumwenda, Program Officer, Public Awareness Creation
Masida Chinula, Program Officer, Adaptation and Mitigation

Lotti Mbale, Program Officer, Capacity Building and Resource Mobilization


Precious Soko, Program Officer, Public Awareness Creation

George Nyanjagha, Program Officer, Capacity Building and Resource Mobilization

Julius Chimembe Nyirenda, Program Officer, Environmental Justice and Advocacy

Fiskani Nsini, Program Officer, Environmental Justice and Advocacy

Tuwani Chirwa, Program Officer-Adaptation and Mitigation

Cecilia Manda, Program Officer, Environmental Justice and Advocacy

Saturday, 5 December 2015


The following is a list of YAACC Board members:

Edward Nkhata (acting Chairperson) :

He has worked as District Civic Education Officer for the National Initiative for Civic Education, Mzimba District. He has vast NGO experience with experience in grass-root mobilisation.

Katoto Mtambo

He works for the Anti Corruption Bureau, Mzuzu, as a Corruption Prevention Officer. Has some teaching background. He has vast knowledge of social mobilisation and organizational procedures.

Mbwenu Chirwa

Has a theological background and currently works as one of the senior officer for the Church of Christ, Mzimba. He has vast experience of community processes.

Davie Mkandawire

He worked for World Vision Malawi for over a decade. His experience in development programmes brings an extra layer to YAACC.

Yona Mwandira

He  is a retired Teacher and an active community activist.  YAACC shall not lack guidance when it comes to developing community programmes with his presence.

Prisca Msowoya

She works for WORLEC, a development organisation. She also brings in a lot of organizational experience.

Sella Wakisa Mwagomba

She works for the Forestry Department, Mzimba office. She brings in a lot of technical experience on environmental issues. 

Sunday, 12 August 2012


YAACC has been invited to participate in a Youth Exchange Programme organized by Network for Youth Development (NfYD) a Blantyre based organization.  The aim is to explore onGender and Climate Change through site visits and experience/knowledge sharing. It will also try to figure out how gender and climate change programmes can be collaboratively implemented.

The programmes will run from 19-23 Augast in Zomba and YAACC will be represented by Herbert Shumba and Rachel Frank. Hoping to learn more from the programme.



                               Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth


“…A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death”
Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), 1998.

In an effort to ensure that youths across the globe are promoted, the UN through it General Assembly in 1995 adopted the World Programme of Action for Youth (WPAY). The WPAY provides international policy framework and guideline on how the situation of the youth can be bettered in all countries. Specifically, the WPAY isolates fifteen key issues affecting youths, which governments have to pay particular attention to. These include: Education, Employment, Hunger and poverty, Health, Environment, Drug abuse, Juvenile delinquency, Leisure-time activities, Girls and young women, Full and effective participation of youth in the life of society and in decision-making, Globalization, Information and communications, technology, HIV/AIDS, Armed conflict, and Intergenerational issues.  Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 during a World Conference of Ministers responsible for youth, delegates recommended to the UN to set aside 12th August as an International Youth Day to create a forum for furthering the youth agenda.  It was at this conference that the then UN General Secretary made the above statement, which we, at YAACC and youths in general, fully subscribe to. In 1999, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted Resolution 54/120 designating 12th August an IYD. The day plays a vital role as it provides an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues. It remains a sharp tool used to create, across the globe, conditions that encourage youths’ imagination, ideals, energy and vision to flourish to the benefit of societies.  As we celebrate the day this year, let us not just take it as a fulfillment of a tradition, but we have to critically and purposely reflect on the theme, which is “Building a Better World: Partnering the Youth.”

We, at YAACC, fully acknowledge the commitment shown by the government of Malawi to promote youths. This is clearly reflected in the adoption of the National Youth Policy (NYP) as required by the WPAY and the African Youth Decade 2009-2018 Plan of Action. The Policy paved way for the establishment of the National Youth Council. Most recently, we have seen the launch of a Youth Parliament. We also acknowledge the complementary role being played by non-state actors in promoting youths. A lot of organizations are paying fees for thousands of orphaned and disadvantaged youths, offering them vocational training and many other opportunities. This gives al lot of hope to the youths out there. It is commendable and ought to be sustained. 

However, we cannot proudly say that we have hit the mark of absolute achievement in terms of promoting the youth; there remains a lot be done to fully realize the dream spelt out in WPAY and the NYP. There remain some gaps in need of prompt filling.  We are all aware that Africa is the most youthful continent with about 65% of the population below 35 years of age[1]. This ought to be understood as a demographic advantage full of potential to turn Africa’s fortunes around. What is simply needed is to step up deliberate efforts to mobilize and equip these youths with abilities. Youths are blessed with resourcefulness; creativity; adaptability; quick-learning; activity and many other enviable attributes which need to be utilized towards global development goals.  

In Malawi, the problems youth continue to face as comprehensively highlighted in the Youth Concerns Collection Report (2008)[2] in the areas of education, employment, drug and alcohol abuse, infrastructure, health/Aids, crime, social security, and more importantly environment need full collaboration of youth to deal with. Just like YAACC, there exist a number of youth-run initiatives bent on improving the welfare of youths. Rendering support to such initiatives could be one of the greatest investments towards youth empowerment.  

Our plea to government and other stakeholders is that this year’s theme should be meditated and acted upon. We would like to see this year’s IYD make a difference and not just pass traditionally. The challenges facing the youth and the whole world today, including, climate change, are hard to deal with if the youths’ continuously live in exclusion. Our hope, once again, is that the celebration of this year’s IYD will help augment youth inclusion and empowerment efforts. Otherwise, as Kofi Annan put it, “…a society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death.” Malawi, Mzimba or Rumphi should not be such an unfortunate society, more especially after this year’s IYD. This is our prayer.

 Evans Lwara

[2] Network for Youth Development (NfYD), Blantyre.