Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) is a non profit making community based organization established in the year 1998 by the concerned youth to help address aggressive socio-economic worsening condition encountered by orphaned children, youth, women, people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The categories mentioned herein are usually confronted by social economic, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and poverty worsening conditions that lead them to stigmatization hence reducing their effective participation of community development activities and living the lives they desire. To reverse the situation, YODEP is helping to coordinate and promote community development initiatives in the field of HIV/AIDS, youth development, vulnerable children’s education deriving from the local community, nutrition support, child protection, ICT, women empowerment, food security and information education and communication. YODEP foster networks and collaboration with individuals and organizations with similar aims and objectives.
YODEP was registered with the National Youth Council of Malawi (1996) Act in 2001, and Trustees Incorporation (1962) Act in 2011.
Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) in responding to he community needs, identified primary target beneficiaries as:
• Orphans and vulnerable (OVC)
• People living with HIV/AIDS
• Elderly People
YODEP is committed to taking a leading role in motivating and empowering the young people to acquire skills and knowledge which is useful to various development initiatives within their communities as this is the surest way of facilitating them to make a significant difference in their lives and subsequently make the world a better place for them to live
To see improved quality of life in the community and seeing orphans and other vulnerable children become self reliant.
YODEP main objectives
- To promote active participation of young people in development activities by identifying major challenges facing the children and youth and provide guidance on how to overcome them.
- HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support and impact mitigation by enhancing and promote the delivery of quality community home based care (CHBC) as an essential component of care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
- To empower women economically so that they become self reliant and able to support their families.
- To promote care and support, protection and reduce malnutrition to orphans and children who are infected and affected due to HIV/AIDS
- To advocate polices and programmes that incorporate nutrition and food security to reach the most vulnerable, ensuring that food and nutrition assistance is relevant.
- To strengthen the role of young people in identifying and speaking up against human rights violations, including discrimination, hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially young people, children and women.
YODEP is strategically structured into five service programmes which are:
• Youth Development Programme
• Women and Children Programme
• Care and Support Programme
• Environment, Agriculture and food Security Programme
• Human Rights, gender and Democracy Programme
YODEP Thematic Areas
• HIV/AIDS Prevention
• Youth Development
• Child Protection
• Economic Empowerment
• Environment, Agriculture and food security
• Human Rights