The Youth Power Fund supports young people around the globe to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We will provide young people and local youth groups with training and funding they need to become leaders, make a sustainable living, claim their sexual rights and transform their communities.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1127488)
The training I received from Restless Development has transformed me. I learnt that even when I just have a 50 kwacha (roughly £2.50), I can start a business and earn a profit, make a budget and support my family, for example if my children need some school requirements like books.
The volunteers teach us about sexual health and maternal health. They taught us how to use condoms and I hope to never conceive again when I am not ready and to never get STIs. I now know I can stand up and speak up for my rights, whatever the situation, whatever the challenge is, I can stand up.
As a young person, I am trying to find the issues and address them. We convinced our environment minister to put water systems in every village. The water systems provide safe drinking water and mean farmers have water in the dry season, when food is scarce.
I was 14 years old when I got my period for the first time. My mum told me I had to start sleeping in the Chhaupadi hut. I didn’t have a choice. The first night was terrifying. I thought I was going to die out there. One of the Restless Development supervisors offered to come and speak to my parents
Over half the world’s population is under the age of 30 and 90% of these young people live in developing countries. Young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are often ignored and overlooked. Never before and never again will there be such a large generation of young people ready and able to deliver change. We have a historic opportunity, yet young people’s ideas, actions and organisations continue to suffer from a lack of funding and support.
Each year, Restless Development supports and trains half a million young people and over 270 youth organisations in some of the poorest communities across Africa and Asia. Whether it’s ending child marriage, HIV, youth unemployment or gender inequality, we will support these young people and their organisations with training and funding, to identify the biggest problems they face and take action driving change at community, national and international levels.
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