Hi there, my name is Stephen Sherman. I am an intern with Farm Radio Trust in Malawi. Farm Radio Trust is a strategic partner of Farm Radio International.
For this audio postcard, I chose a photo of a brainstorming session taking place at the Kawale youth centre in Lilongwe. We went to the Kawale youth centre, Timveni (a youth-operated broadcasting centre in Lilongwe), and Facebook to mine ideas from young people regarding a title for a new youth depression radio program. The centre, a library and study zone, was packed with young people when we visited.
From left to right, in this photo you can see: Thembi Thadzi from Farm Radio Trust; Chipiliro, the Kawale youth centre monitor; and Augustine Mulomole from Farm Radio Trust. In the background there are various youth.
This photo was taken while the three subjects were facilitating a brainstorming session aimed at coming up with prospective titles for the depression radio program. Although the Kawale youth were a little shy at first, they were soon tossing out great suggestions and having a fun time doing it.
Throughout my internship, it has become increasingly obvious that the MHII (Mental Health Integrated Innovations) team is dedicated to creating a radio program that involves youth in every step of development so that youth identify with, and feel ownership over, the program.