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Yona's Story, Malawi

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In rural areas of Malawi, the young people WeSeeHope work with face huge challenges as they grow into adulthood. They have often left school in their early years and, without secondary education, they struggle to find the local infrastructure and opportunity to earn a regular income.

Yona lost his father when he was 12 years old and dropped out of school when he was 14. In this film, Yona tells the story of how training to become tinsmith and setting up his own business is helping him to support himself and his family, and invest in his future.

Using his own words, and through his eyes, Yona demonstrates that given a moment of opportunity, young people like him can quickly create lasting momentum and change in their own lives, and in the lives of others.

WeSeeHope teach young people like Yona vocational skills and provide them with the tools to start and grow a business. This is one of a number of initiatives that supports vulnerable children and young people in Malawi, and across Southern and Eastern Africa, helping them to determine better and more sustainable futures for themselves.

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