Sixteen (16) Physically challenged youths in Kenema have received certificate and start up kit form the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD)
Connect Youths Project (CYP) in collaboration with the Catholic Agency for Over Seas Development (CAFOD) after successfully going through various skills training like soap making, weaving, gara-tye-dying, electronics repairs, blacksmith, hair dressing and painting and decoration for war wounded, blind, amputee and polio victims at various training centers in Kenema city.
The ceremony took place at the Opportunities Training Center for Polio Persons (OTCPP) at Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
In his opening remarks the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Solomon Cooper an Amputee disclosed that this is the third graduation ceremony for Physically Challenged Youths in Kenema with the theme ‘moving towards self-reliance for useful citizenship’ since the project started in 2004.
Explaining about the physically challenged persons he appealed to the public to stop calling the amputees, war wounded, the blind and polio persons as disabled because all is not lost for them but they are partially impaired.
He called on the graduands to make good use of the knowledge they have acquired.
He appealed to them to desist from the act of begging on the street as such an act is a disgrace not only for them but for the community they found themselves.
The NMJD Regional Director East Benny Sam in his contribution outlined the four main projects of NMJD as Youth empowerment program, Peace and security in the Mano River basin, Governance and accountability and mining and extraction.
He says the main objectives of the Mano river basin youth empowerment program is to reduce the vulnerability of young people by providing them with skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities which will allow them to take greater control of their own lives.
In her keynote address Mrs. Marian Moijueh of the NASSIT Area office in Kenema appealed to the graduands not to sell their kit as the sky is there limit and they should not lose their self esteem as they are useful to themselves and the society.
In her vote of thanks one of the graduands Martha Scotland expressed appreciation for the effort of NMJD towards them for the past years and called on other organizations to come onboard. She promised that they will make good use of the opportunity given to them