The Restoration of Education Advancement Program (REAP) has concluded a five-day camp training for over 25 students within Bentol City area, rural Montserrado County. The students were trained in different skills.
The 5-day camp, dubbed Dave Parker Camp, was aimed at giving the youth the opportunity to acquire skills in catering, masonry, carpentry, sewing, agriculture and computer repair. It was held in the edifice of the William R. Tolbert Youth Enlightenment and Empowerment Center, Bentol City, Montserrado County.
The Mayor of Bentol and daughter of former Liberian President William R. Tolbert, Christine T. Norman, said the camp was organized to help young children have confidence in themselves and realize their full potential and also get closer to God.
“Every child should be given the opportunity to participate in activities that are relevant to their upbringing,” the Bentol City Mayor stressed.
“Children should be given the chance to think critically. This is because it prepares them better for the future and challenges ahead of them,” she added.
“This organization remains committed to helping young children. We have impacted over 6,000 lives across Liberia, through the freedom project. We were established between 2002 and 2003. We did this so that the manifestation of rebellion, lack of hope, we see in most young people would not trouble these. The camp will help them solve spiritual and physical challenges. We also teach these young children to know Christ,” she said.
Munah Kollie, 30, a resident of Careysburg and a student of the catering department, said the camp has positively impacted her. She expressed her appreciation to the organizers for their kind gestures.
“I learned a lot in these five days. At least now I know how to make cake and other food items. I will practice what I have learned and will also teach other young women what I have learned. This training will help make my dreams come true because with the skills, I will start up my own business”, she explained.
Another student, Jerry D. Nelson, 18, a 10th grader of the Hope International Christian Academy, Bentol City, and a student of the agricultural department said he is proud of the knowledge he acquired in Agriculture.
“I now have something to show my friends and I know that they will be able to learn from me. With this, I can teach and put into practice what I learned here and I have also learned how to work with strangers,” he stated.
Eighteen-year-old Caroline Gannet, student of the Computer repair depart extended her thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the camp.
“I am grateful because they have impacted my life greatly. At first being the only girl in the department, I felt I could not make it but I tried it and ended the practice. I am asking the organizers to please create another space for us next time because 5 days are not enough to get us through, however, I am happy and appreciative,” she said.