Ujamaa Pamodzi was established in May 2014, after an invitational conference from UNICEF Malawi together with Malawi government ministries on (V.A.C) Violence Against Children.
No Means No Worldwide team(NMNW) was invited to show case what it does, after learning the statistics according to UNICEF on Violence Against Children(VAC),Ujamaa Pamodzi was conceptualized and could address the problems on Violence Against Children, primarily on school based/ oriented programme.
Ujamaa Pamodzi is now officially registered under the Non-Governmental Organizational Board of Malawi (NGO Board) and the Council of Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA) through (O.P.C) Office of the President and Cabinet. We are also working closely with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Gender, who have permitted us to introduce this prevention and intervention program.
According to UNICEF, Statistics from the Violence Against Children and Young Women in Malawi Survey (VACS) indicates that in December 2014, 2.4 million Malawian children grow up in violent homes.
The study has also revealed that one in every five girls (20%) have been sexually abused before reaching the age of 18. These statistics have proven even higher in rural areas coupled with nondisclosure making the problem difficult.
It was further discussed that only 9% of the girls who were sexually assaulted had received referral services and that it was time to break the silence and put preventive measures.
Ujamaa Pamodzi Africa is dedicated to improve health, personal security and economic empowerment for vulnerable women and children in Sub- Saharan Africa.
The Organization comprehensively deals with Rape prevention for girls and boys and for the past one year it has been working in Malawi with the aim of preventing rape/sexual assault /gender based violence through IMpower training.
We believe that IMpower Defense training can raise a woman or child’s chance of prevailing in a sexual assault by up to 85% and we believe prevention is key in the global rape epidemic.
Our work is currently focused in various districts in Malawi which include: Lilongwe, Dedza, Mzimba, Mangochi, Machinga, Salima and Nkhatabay.