Executive Director of Youth Action International (YAI), Kimmie Weeks who has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world has received praises from Liberian delegations who attended the Mano River Youth Forum in Freetown.
In a dinner hosted at Paladio Restaurant, Head of the Liberian delegation and also Vice President of the Liberia Youth Federation Augustus Zay Zay commended Weeks for alleviating poverty and human suffering in Africa especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone which are post war countries.
He also lauded him for bringing youths together to discuss the issue of national concern, adding that Liberians are indeed proud of having a young man who is making an impact not only in Africa but the world as a whole.
Donald Kaloko YAI Program Coordinator thanked Weeks for coming to Sierra Leone to help curtail the problems of youth in the country especially empowering the young girls.
Speaking, Weeks highlighted some of his achievements in the country including the opening of a $35,000 Centre for Women Empowerment. He added that if Africa is to move forward, youth education, empowerment and job creation are the things that must be taken into consideration.
However, he challenged the youth to engage in issues that will be of benefit to their country and the Mano River Region.
Liberia Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Sam Hare thanked the delegates for the meaningful contributions they made in the conference. He told them that the development of their country and the region depends on them, citing some of the activities done by Weeks in the sub region. The Deputy Minister gave his country support to Weeks and wished him good luck in all his undertakings. Kimmie Weeks has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world since he was fourteen years old. Kimmie was born in Liberia, in 1981. At the young age of nine he came face to face with civil war, human suffering, and death. Weeks can still vividly recall eating roots and wild leaves when his family did not have access to food, drinking infested water when national water supply was shut off, and nearly being buried alive after epidemics had wrecked his emaciated body.
Over the years, Kimmie has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children.
Kimmie’s passion for his mission is found in his unique situation, which gives him the ability and opportunity to connect children in need to those young people who have the potential to help.