The early days of AYISE - identifying areas for action - AYISE becomes a holistic, rather than single-issue organisation (click here to find out more)
The movement had now been created but Joseph Mtemang'ombe the co founder experienced pressure from relations who felt concentrating on a non-profit movement was counter productive to his personal progress. Hence, barely three months after the movement was born, Joseph Mtemang'ombe left AYISE and started work first at Blantyre Baptist school as a teacher, and later with the Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation as a technician where he still works today.
In the initial three months Marcel Chisi and Joseph Mtemang'ombe decided to condcut a social survey to identify the problems affecting the youth and the community, and to devise strategies for addressing the identified challenges together with the youth and the community.
The survey unveiled the following challenges:
- Youth unemployment was high and there was a lack of meaningful participation and involvement of the youth in the progressive development of the nation
- Increasing cases of HIV and AIDS throughout the country
- A lack of education regarding human rights and democracy which led to misunderstandings among young people regarding Human Rights and democracy.
- Wide-spread teenage pregnancies
- An education system that failed to prepare young people for self reliance.
- The degradation of the environment exercerbated by poor waste management and deforestation
- Drug and substance abuse leading to a departure from positive African and Malawian cultural values
- Lack of recreational facilities to keep the youth busy and hence help them refrain from dangerous activities.
Marcel and Joseph analysed these findings and saw that these problems were a series of interlinked challenges, all of which had to be addressed. This is the whole reason AYISE became and still is a multi-objective organisation.
The initial name of the organisation (Active Youth In Self Enhancement -AYISE) received resistance from society and other well-wishers as they interpreted "self Enhancement" to mean that the movement was designed to help the few youth who were active and abandon the rest.
In view of this, one year after its creation, the organisation changed its name to Active Youth Initiative for Social Enhancement (AYISE) in October 1996. The understanding at the time was that if young people can be active and develop positive initiatives, they would then help contribute to the enhancement of both themselves and society at large.
The name became widely accepted and has remained relevant to this date.