Unemployment and environmental degradation has vilely corroded both the social and physical fabric of Sierra Leone; to address this quandary, the Nation Wide Resource Organization (NWRO) would on Saturday launch the ‘Fuel Wood Project for Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Management.’
Giving a synopsis of NWRO activities, at the National Stadium Hostel yesterday Volunteer Personnel Mr Abdul Kuyateh explained that NWRO is a local Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which has been trying very hard to engage our youth population in productive activities.
He stated, “youth employment has been a very serious problem in our social fabric to such an extent that addressing the youth problem would go a long way in addressing the overall problems that we are facing in Sierra Leone.”
NWRO Kuyateh said, “is among the very few NGO’s, which have been focusing and are committed towards youth employment problems.”
“Since 1986, NWRO has been very much engaged in implementing youth related projects, with sponsorship from different organizations like Caritas, Primary Health Care, FAO, UNDP etc,” he explained.
The NGO, Mr Kuyateh said, “emerged out of a community development programme in Makeni,” noting that these have transformed over the years to what is now NWRO; which has been very pivotal in the area of youth engagement and employment.
In 1986, e.g., he said, “NWRO benefited 1500 families in Bombali District’s through the agro-support project.”
In 1987 and 1988, he said “NWRO launched a project called Post Harvest Grain Stalls in the Bombali District, which benefited about 3500 community workers.”
Apart from all these projects which NWRO have undertaken, he explained, “NWRO would be launching a new project on Saturday called ‘Fuel Wood Project for Youth Empowerment and Sustainable Management of the Western Area, Rural.”
Located at Ogoo Farm, the project would engage the Ogoo Farm Youth Association which is being funded by the UNDP.
In his statement NWRO Executive Director, Raymond Kanu heightened that the environment has been destroyed noting, “few years back the hills were a beautiful scenery.”
Mr Kanu stated that the destruction of the catchments around the dam was grossly responsible for water shortages during the dry season and poor rain fall as well.
He further stated that the Le 80 million project would not only swiftly address the current degrading environmental state, but would also provide employment for youth through sub project such as bakery and motorbike ‘okada’ transportation, in the Ogoo Farm community.