In an effort to increase services of the Liberia Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the entity has envisioned a project aimed at constructing a new state-of-the art youth facility.
The Daily Observer was informed that YMCA intends to improve existing youth facilities across the country.
At a press conference held in Monrovia on Wednesday, February 12, the National General Secretary of YMCA, Edward Gboe, disclosed that the project would provide a clean space for youth as well as children to play and learn.
According to him, the current YMCA facility on Broad Street-would be 60-year-old this year (2014), and had served as the busiest hub for youth in the country, supporting relevant engagements with them.
“Our programs and services have now overgrown the current facility and the facility is tired,” the YMCA boss intoned.
Gboe, however, acknowledged the efforts of international partners, through the YMCA of the USA, who had expressed their interest to support in rising funding overseas to provide a 50 percent match to the total cost of US$3.5 to US$4M over the next two to three years of the project duration.
“We want to appreciate our partners and back donors, including the government through its annual subsidies to the YMCA that increased our capacity building for social impact and accompanying rating and recognition.”
The YMCA is Africa’s oldest youth service organization established on August 10, 1881 and is currently providing life skills development in areas of leadership development and volunteerism, health awareness as well as supporting the livelihood for them (youth).
The organization is currently reaching out to over 50,000 youth and children annually.
At the same time, Gboe has called on all well-meaning Liberians, especially those in the private sector to help raise about 50 percent of the project cost.
“We are pleased to announce that extensive consultations with statutory institutions of the government, the private sector, private citizens and youth themselves confirm that this initiative is doable (workable). We want to acknowledge the enthusiasm and interest expressed so far by both public and private sector leaders and youth themselves for the possibility of the Liberia-matching contribution and to further demonstrate the dividend of public-private cooperation in addressing needs in different sectors of our economy.”
Up to date, Mr. Gboe said, the YMCA has received contributions from some senior citizens and expatriates under its Millennium Club leadership of Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, raising donations from private individuals for the project.
The Liberia-YMCA has been rated by the International Division of the YMCA of the USA as the ‘strongest and best performing’ YMCA in Africa.