Sierra Leone News: YMCA boosts slum communities

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) awarded training certificates to young people living in slum areas on Wednesday, November 2, and distributed start-up kits for metal work, hair dressing, catering and auto mechanic workers.

The training and development project, “Pull Slum Pan Pipul”, seeks to address the issue of livelihood for young people in slum communities through the provision of skills training and entrepreneurial support, said, Francis Reffel, Program Manager. He added, “This project will chart a strategic and sustainable way forward to contribute to the transformational process of slum dwellers and their localities.”
”The project with youths in slum communities was to create a platform to show-case the potential and abilities of young people through advocacy and capacity building and education through construction work,” Reffel stated.
Addressing trainees who had successfully acquired new skills, YMCA Communications Officer, Mr. Taylor cautioned beneficiaries to utilize both their skills and resources given to them to empower themselves as well as their communities.
Commending the efforts of YMCA, Christiana Dillion, a program beneficiary, expressed appreciation to the staff and management of YMCA in prioritizing the needs of the young people and promoting youths in various careers.
By Sylvia Villa
Thursday November 03, 2016

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