A joint co-operation agreement between Liberia Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and the Sierra Leone YMCA was signed in Monrovia. During the signing ceremony, an invitation was extended to the vice president of Liberia who also doubles as the president of the National Council of Liberia YMCA, Dr Joseph Nyumah Boakai. Sierra Leone’s ambassador to Liberia, Patrick James Foyah, was also present.
And during the signing issues such as the need to conduct joint capacity development and exchange programmes for staff and volunteers to enhance programme service delivery and relevance of our respective institution were resolved.
They also agreed that areas of joint programming be explored and development on issues that are common to their environmental context such as and not limited to child abuse/street children.
They also agreed on developing and strengthening communications linkage between Liberia and Sierra Leone YMCA, primarily in the areas of information sharing, lesson learnt, best practices and the challenges associated with moving from emergency to development as well as resource mobilization and management.
They also agreed that youth and gender mainstreaming in the respective activities of the two YMCAs be promoted, respected and upheld.
Furthermore, they agreed that they needed to work towards developing common advocacy strategies and programmes that promote the growth and development for youths in Liberia and Sierra Leone without discrimination irrespective of sex, age, religious beliefs, tribe or nationality among others.
They finally agreed that rotational exchange meetings of policymaking body and senior management are held annually.
The national board chairman, E Richmond Draper, signed on behalf of the Liberian government while the national chairman of Sierra Leone, Siaka PJ Charles, signed on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone.