Rodney Likaku, former Programme Officer for Students with Dreams, shares his thoughts on challenging the narrative of powerlessness so often tied to poverty and inspiring Malawi's youth to embrace bold ideas. Rodney is now a Lecturer in English language and literature at Chancellor College. Read more on Red Bull Amaphiko, a platform connecting social entrepreneurs around the world.
ARASA's 2017 annual forum brought organisations from all over Southern Africa with the aim of strengthening partnerships, learning, networking and setting a 5 year agenda for the region on issues related to HIV & AIDS, TB and human rights.
This May, we welcomed four new Mentors: Abel, Salome, Michael and Mercy, all exemplary 2016 Dreamers from DCE and MCHS. They kicked the year off with an all-day participatory training full of games, activities and role-play.
The AGHCA is thrilled to report that the Umunthu programme was featured on Tales from the Margins, a new TV programme in the UK. The host, Dr Rainer Schulze, invited Programme Officer Rodger Phiri and Students with Dream alum Mwizalero Nyirenda to discuss the making of Mwizalero’s award-winning film, Umunthu: An African Response to Homosexuality, and the film’s impact in Malawi.
We were midway through an introduction of the AGHCA team, when the lights died. We quickly pulled out our phones and one of the students was even kind enough to run to her dorm and bring back a torch. We carried on with an icebreaker, a game called Columbian Hypnosis...
As students return from end of year break, the AGHCA is gearing up for Students with Dreams 2017. In recruiting this year’s Dreamers, we’ve decided to try something new. Instead of running info sessions presenting the programme, we’re launching Dream Machines.
A diverse audience of human rights activists, artists, NGO workers and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health joined AGHCA staff at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe to attend Umunthu Connect.
'My name is Paul Mphukele and I am HIV positive. My wife and I have 4 children; 3 are HIV negative and the 4th is a month old and is receiving medication before we arrange to get him tested. I am happy to tell my story because the MASA film saved my life.'
This January, the AGHCA partnered with Lake of Stars and the British Council to host a Festival of Ideas engaging youth in discussions around civil society and development.
In 2016, the Umunthu Higher Education Project, in its quest to create a tolerant and accommodating society for marginalised and stigmatised communities, conducted 15 Umunthu workshops reaching over 400 people at 6 Universities in Malawi.
This December, working in partnership with Dignitas International, the AGHCA completed the final phase of screenings in 13 communities in Zomba district for the MASA Film Project. Each screening was accompanied by moonlight HIV testing and counselling, provide a discrete way for members of rural communities to learn their status.
Students with Dream's very own Falesi Jeremiah was profiled for her project Tsogolo-Lathu Rhythm. Read more on The Nation.
In November 2016, the AGHCA’s very own Programmes Officer Rodger Phiri traveled to Kenya to present our participatory, arts-based approaches at the International Association of Facilitators Conference held at the Catholic University of East Africa.
AGHCA and LoudInk, a Students with Dreams project, were thrilled to be a part of the Lake of Stars music festival and associated youth event, Day of Ideas, in Chintheche, Malawi.