Help a Needy Child International a United Kingdom based humanitarian and child welfare organization has provided income generating skills to over sixty disadvantaged and marginalized youths at the Western Area Project Center in Sierra Leone to acquire basic knowledge and skills to improve their livelihood in their respective communities. HANCI has been working in Sierra Leone for decades to support children’s welfare and youths who had suffered as a consequence of the rebel war in the country that had been neglected and marginalized in society with the view of providing the youths with skills that will empower them to become self reliant and to contribute meaningfully to national development and economic growth.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held over the weekend at the Western Area Project Center 40e Bye Pass Road in Kissy at the east end of Freetown which brought together parents of the beneficiaries of the project, Government officials, Civil Society Organizations and other relevant stakeholders in the country, the Training Director at the HANCI Western Area Skills Training Center Alfred Sam Kargbo properly explained to the graduands and audience at the ceremony about the significance of the project and its benefits to the country. He highlighted the successes and challenges of the project.
He noted that HANCI’s support to the project has transformed the graduands to meaningful citizens that are capable of embarking on income generating activities, adding that the project has also provided employment opportunities for the youths in a competitive market like Sierra Leone.
Highlighting some of the constraints facing the Center the Project Director said, the growing demand for skills training in Carpentry, Tailoring and Welding has increased within the Western Area and that there is lack of seating accommodation coupled with limited tools and other equipments resulting in sharing the center in to two shifts to accommodate more trainees.
The Director commended HANCI management and staff for their support and technical expertise in making the project a success. He further expressed gratitude to HANCI International partners for their contribution to the project.
Social Development Officer at the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs Rev. Issac Charles expressed thanks and appreciation to HANCI for taking the initiative to help marginalized and neglected youths in communities which signifies HANCI’s manifestation and determination to improve the lives of youths and children.
“It is only HANCI that listens to the cries of the youths and children languishing in the streets of Freetown and its environs” he averred.
He urged graduands to make good use of the knowledge learnt and that they have been liberated to go in to the world and become productive individuals in their own disciplines. Noting that wastage of human resources is at an alarming rate, he called on Government to support HANCI to help vulnerable youths in Sierra Leone.
The Executive Director of HANCI – Sierra Leone Dr, Roland Kargbo said the organization is determined and committed to take the responsibility of children’s welfare and the youths. Additionally Hope and Homes for Children UK –Trade Aid Boxes through Rotary International Club Grantham Kesteven were very helpful in donating much needed tool kits for the graduands.
He also said that the status of children and youths is going from bad to worse and expressed the need for Government intervention to address the growing vulnerability of future leaders. Dr, Kargbo furthered that the training was intensive and suitable tool kits have been provided for the graduands to enable them aim at excellence.
Margaret Kamara Board Member of HANCI –Sierra Leone and the Operation’s Manager Emmanuel Kelfala both made meaningful contributions and called on the graduands to make good use of their knowledge and expertise to make the difference in life and called on other youths to enroll at the training center and learn something beneficial.
Distribution of certificates and tool boxes donated by Hope and Homes for Children UK –Trade Aid Boxes through Rotary International Club Grantham Kesteven to the Carpentry, Tailoring, Welding and Black smith graduands, formed a high point of the graduation ceremony. Two boxes of black smith tool kits were also distributed to beneficiaries in Kamakwei Northern Sierra Leone.
By Saidu Bah