Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

1 April 2014

Malawi: K22 Million Thyolo Sports Complex Opens May, Youth Hailed

Thyolo — Thyolo District Youth Officer (DYO), Doreen Mbendela has hailed the youth for their participation in development activities in the district.

Mbendera made the remarks when she briefed Thyolo District Executive Committee (DEC) on the progress of the construction of Thyolo sports complex which is currently underway.

Mbendera said the construction is going on fast because a good number of the youth are working on the construction site on voluntary basis.

"What we are doing is just to provide them with food, tooth paste and other basics but they are not paid a single penny.

"I want to inform this house that the youth can do more than we think as far as development activities are concerned," she said.

She added that the involvement of the youth on the construction site of the sports complex will give them sense of ownership as a result they will be responsible to take good care of the facility.

"Sometimes we underrate the youth when it comes to development activities but let the community learn from what is happening at Thyolo community ground," Mbendera said.

The multimillion sports complex comprising basketball, netball, volleyball and tennis courts, which started early March is expected to be completed May this year.

The project also involves rehabilitation of Thyolo Community Centre Ground and Thyolo Community Hall and will also include supply of indoor games.

The project is being funded by UNICEF through Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE) at the tune of MK22 million.

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