The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia in partnership with Y-Care International recently launched a new slum project in West Point for at least 710 young female slum dwellers, with 510 receiving restart-up capital to help revitalize existing businesses.
The project, under the title: “Mobilizing Young Slum Dwellers in Liberia to Rebuild Communities after the Ebola Outbreak,” is financed by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID), and will run for three years.
During the launch in West Point, Commissioner Samson Nyan expressed gratitude to YMCA and its development partners for the initiative.
He said since 2006 YMCA has provided West Pointers a lot of skills training, which they are using to improve their lives.
“We will remain grateful to the YMCA family for the level of development taking place in the area. YMCA is not only there for sports or computer training, but also helping national government in community work,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Ms. Vivian Beh, YMCA Project Coordinator, said the project will help contribute to the socioeconomic empowerment of the beneficiaries – who are between 15 and 24 – who will receive training in livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), advocacy, health and hygiene that will empower them to become leaders in their communities.
According to Beh, the project will provide support to 12,960 other slum dwellers, construct four water points to support hygiene peer education activities, as well as establish a community development fund for youth-led pilot slum upgrading infrastructure projects.
Under the project, she said young people will share livelihoods learning with their peers, while providing advocacy training to 400 young people in the country.
“Young slum dwellers are supported to participate in community decision-making processes,” she said.
The project was officially introduced in February 2016 and will be completed in 2019.