A weeklong Global Operating Plan (GOP) summit of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) expected to discuss the way forward and review progress and recommendations of membership of the organization ended on Saturday, April 5, in Monrovia.
The summit, amongst other things, was intended to provide support towards strengthening member organizations and partners for effective service delivery to the YMCA’s host communities.
The summit, which started on Thursday, April 3, brought together several YMCA partners from Liberia, the United States of America (USA), Sierra Leone and other partners including Y-Care International and the African Alliance of YMCAs.
Speaking at the opening summit, the National Secretary General of Liberia-YMCA, E. Edward Gboe, told member organizations that after 16 months of successful work, the summit aims to review progress made by them (YMCA organization) against the backdrop of recommendations and action plans that were noted in the first meeting.
Mr. Gboe said the mission of the YMCA is to unite, develop and empower young people in the country, thereby strengthening communities.
He acknowledged to the chairman of the Liberia-YMCA, Mr. Jonathan A. Mason, and other international delegates that the GOP is a frame work of the entity that they are expected to tackle.
For his part, Nico Gurdet, from the U.S. YMCA, thanked the Liberian YMCA for affording them the opportunity to discuss the growth and success of YMCAs in the sub-region and internationally.
Mr. Gurdet said that he hoped their discussions would be a fruitful one, and that the outcome of the meeting would be successful.
Also speaking was, Christian M. Kamara, head of the Western Zone Africa Alliance of YMCAs, who expressed his gratitude to the YMCA for their meeting intended to uplift the operations of their activities.