On behalf of Youth and Adult Education on HIV/AIDS Training Centre (YAEHTC) and indeed on my own behalf, let me acknowledge receipt of four personal computers donated to us by Glasgow City Council to which we are very grateful.
YAEHTC had requested for the donation computers, lap tops, second hand clothes and a public address system for the implementation of Community Wide Capacity Building Project which has since been launched. The CWCBP was developed on the basis of ignorance and fear about HIV/AIDS and low levels of computer literacy among the youths in Malawi with one component of Free Computer Lessons and HIV/AIDS Education to fight against HIV/AIDS while increasing computer literacy in Malawi.
The free computer lessons were launched at Mwaiwathu Information Technology Centre, the rented premises at Biwi Triangle opposite Lilongwe Technical College here in Lilongwe , Malawi and the response has been overwhelming; fifty youths have enrolled for the training programmes and a minimum of five new youths are joining the Centre. The numbers are expected to increase once the closes.
YAEHTC will be sending a full report on these training pragrammes, but it has already been noted that the personal computers are inadequate and we would like to request for the donation of four more personal computers and at least a lap top which should be used by the directors to release one personal computer which is being used by the office.
YAEHTC is also experiencing high rentals, high utilities since the launching of these training programmes and would like to open a bureau to offer printing, photocopying, laminating and other related services to generate income to pay for these bills and assist those infected by HIV/AIDS for which we require two personal computers, a printer, a photocopying machine to sustain this project once the donations are phased out.
I also communicated to Maria that YAEHTC has its own office which has no power, but the process of applying to ESCOM to give us power is underway and once this is finished in two months time, we should be able to open yet another training centre at this location.
Once again, thank you for the donations and we look forward to getting more donations of these computers to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi and increase the levels of computer literacy among the youths.