PYAO’s Programs Coordinator, Vincent Thom



By Franco Praise Mwachande Jnr.

Youths in Phalombe, through a local youth group, Phalombe Youth Arms Organization have joined calls on the need for the country’s youths to take active roles in mitigating climatic changes that are already causing adverse effects in the country.

The calls came upon the completion of a tree planting exercise that PYAO conducted in the district during the week.

According to PYAO’s Programs Coordinator, Vincent Thom, his organization mobilized primary school based wildlife clubs in Nambiro zone (in the district) in the tree planting exercise as one way of reducing environmental degradation that is rife in the area.

He said now is the time young people took pivotal roles in championing environmental management among other issues.

“As of now, Nambiro zone is in need of more trees so as we are leaders of tomorrow its vital to plant more trees right now to save future generation,” he said.

Vincent further underscored the need for various stakeholders and other NGO’s to hasten their efforts to support their (PYAO’s) project.

“Any partner willing to help us with seedlings, the door is open. As we all aware that climate change and environmental justice needs good strategic approach hence the need for targeting public institutions like schools and church just mention a few.” He persuaded.

In his remarks Nambiro Wildlife club Patron, Chikondi Masiva expressed his gratitude towards the development and called upon all learners to take full responsibility in caring for the planted trees.

“We need to be front liners in ensuring the sustainability of these trees for the benefit of our communities at large,” he said.

Nambiro learners taking their turn

PYAO started its operation in 2012 and with tree seedlings support from United Purpose has managed to plant 2000 trees in Nambiro, Mbembembe as well as Namikango schools.

The organization’s main aim is to support vulnerable young people to engage themselves in economic, social, healthy and environmental activities.



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