Councilor of Freetown City Council (FCC) Alusine Conteh over the weekend officially launched the Kroo Bay Household Socio-Economic Survey & Enumeration at their community center. Councilor Conteh who was also Chairman of the launching ceremony commended the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) for a work well done. He said Kroo Bay is a slum area which YMCA has helped with a Community centre and held sanitation sessions with the communities. Alusine stated that since the objective of the FCC is development, the information in the survey is quite useful for future developmental activities.
The YMCA Project Officer Francis Reffell explained that they had done a project for Dworzak and Kroo Bay to help them save their resources and also to create a voice of advocacy. He stated that programs will be extended to other slum areas. He informed the gathering that the data collection will be done by the Kroo Bay Community people.
While the programme was going on members of the community were jubilating saying “information is power! Unity is our strength!”
The Chief of Kroo Bay Ya Alimamy Kadempa said he is proud of people calling him the Chief of Kroo Bay Community because YMCA has dried up tears in their eyes by introducing positive initiatives which has made everybody in the community to be focused and to handle their resources with care. The chairman of the Community Steering Group (CSG) Ali Morah Conteh in his statement said this development exercise should have been the responsibility of the FCC but if YMCA has come up with the initiative FCC should support them and appreciate their work. On behalf of the Kroo Bay Community Ali thanked workers of the YMCA for a job well done.
In another development YMCA has officially launched their project in supporting Youth Livelihood and Governance in Sierra Leone and Liberia. According to their profile, the project hopes to trim down poverty level amongst vulnerable young people in Sierra Leone and Liberia and also to strengthen capacity of civil society to respond to the needs of vulnerable young people. It also aims to improve Governance around the issue of employment creation and vocational training for young people which the project believes would reduce in levels of social exclusion among vulnerable young people. The project targets 4,500 young unemployed people aged 15-35, including particularly vulnerable groups such as people living with HIV/AIDS and young people with disabilities, 630 members of community based organizations, 504 members of the non Governmental organizations and 540 local authority representatives which would last for 48 months (4yrs).
A representative of the YMCA Liberia, Mr. Reagan Johnson thanked the donors for supporting such a wonderful project. He added that there is necessity for the two countries to secure the peace processes and deliberate on the youth.