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YAD COMMISSIONED ITS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND MULTIPURPOSE YOUTH RESOURCE CENTRE IN SIERRA LEONE

Othman Sheriff

Youth in Action for Development (YAD), a voluntary youth serving agency based in the eastern administrative capital of Kenema, has on Saturday, 12th January, 2019 inaugurated its newly constructed Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC). The occasion which attracted all stakeholders across the region, was organized in the Peace and Unity Hall which is also a part component of the project.

Giving brief background of YAD/Fambul Tik’s success stories including the Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre project, the project Coordinator, Simma Sheriff, said that the two organizations share the view that young people can only feel safe when they have proper education, skills-know how, secured jobs, and reliable sources of income. This is why YAD has opted to erect a “Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) which should serve as its own headquarters and a true “safe space for youth” in the region”. He then explained that the project was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Fambul Tik e.V. and YAD, and that it entails three major phases, each with distinct features.

The MYRC phase one entails a modern assembly hall, cafeteria, digital library, digital photo lab, conference rooms, administrative offices and temporal logging. The entire facility is powered by a 23KW solar system that makes it completely energy independent.

MYRC phase two entails mainly diverse skill training facilities. The objective is to facilitate access of under privileged youth to high quality skills, which could enable them become self-reliant and economically independent. It includes dressmaking, cosmetology, catering, secretariat and office management, screen printing and sport. This phase, when successfully completed, shall be called youth Resource Academy (YRA) and it shall turn the MYRC into the safest youth kingdom in Sierra Leone.


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