Tearfund partner, World Concern, has been assisting villagers to address their needs and to create awareness around the issues they face. A group of young people has been instrumental in this, creating skits and performing in schools and other key community meeting places.
After a few days training, the group wrote their own script and developed a powerful drama. It highlights the risks of trafficking, drugs and HIV.
The drama is creating a buzz among local communities and is really helping to get the life-saving messages out there. Of the people surveyed, 80 per cent were able to correctly answer questions related to HIV transmission, safe migration and drug use a month after seeing the drama.
As Kannitha* (18) and the rest of the group take a break from performing, she smiles and says, ‘I was very shy and always quiet, but now I’m more confident and talkative.’
Kannitha became a youth volunteer because she wanted to build new friendships and learn new things.
As well as the drama skills, the young people are being given the tools to identify issues preventing their villages from developing. Through this, they have gained skills in interviewing, documenting and evaluating.
The aim is to enable young people to understand the needs their people have, appreciate their own local communities and become actively involved in combatting poverty within those communities.