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1
Aug

YAD Sensitizes Konjo Community against Covid-19, and Distributes Resilient Support to Vulnerable Households

Youth in Action for Development (YAD) has today, 30th July 2020, launched a community based sensitization campaign against Covid-19 and distribution of food and non-food items to Konjo Buima community, Malegohun chiefdom, Kenema district. The campaign entails mainly a vivid explanation on how the rural dwellers can prevent themselves from Covid-19 and how to adopt such preventive practices into their everyday lives.

Launching the campaign and distribution exercise, the Project Manager, Mohamed Kallon explained that the intervention is an offshoot of the just concluded community Market and Social Mobilization Centre construction project which is aimed to foster sociocultural cohesion and peaceful coexistence among the youth, and to facilitate income generation activities for women in Konjo Buima section with special focus on Ngiehun Konjo town. With the help of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Fambul Tik e.V. which is based in Berlin, Germany, Kollon revealed that while the initial objectives of the ongoing project remain unchanged, they have been able to expand its scope to encompass additional objectives that would enable them respond, in their own little way, to some of the life threatening challenges posed by Covid 19. This include, but not limited to, fostering resilience at household level to enable the beneficiaries resist and survive the socioeconomic and cultural shock of the virus, teach them how to prevent themselves from or live with it just as they did over the years with malaria and HIV/AIDS, since all efforts by global leaders to produce an effective vaccine or true cure for the virus have so far proved futile.

Speaking on behalf of the community, the chiefdom speaker, Charles Kaikumba thanked the staff and management of YAD for such a historic gesture, adding that it has arrived at the right time of the year when most pots and pockets are virtually empty. He then admonished the beneficiaries to embrace the hand-washing and face-masking culture urged by Covid-19 since the virus has no cure at the moment. 

Representing the Kenema District Council, Counsellor Yayah Kajue, the deputy chairman of Kenema Deistic Council who also doubled as the Ward Counsellor for Malegohun chiefdom, expressed similar appreciative and joyous voice, adding that YAD is working to complement his own efforts which is why he feels urged to witness and participate in all their activities in the chiefdom. “The District Council Chairman is unavoidably absence because he has to chair the council meeting today but I have come to represent him and the entire council at this very momentous program” he lamented. 

In a press release earlier published, the management of YAD explained that in order to make the campaign and distribution process simple and transparent, “we have grouped the beneficiaries into two categories based on the outcome of a household vulnerability assessment survey which we conducted in the targeted community few weeks ago”:

Representing the Kenema District Council, Counsellor Yayah Kajue, the deputy chairman of Kenema Deistic Council who also doubled as the Ward Counsellor for Malegohun chiefdom, expressed similar appreciative and joyous voice, adding that YAD is working to complement his own efforts which is why he feels urged to witness and participate in all their activities in the chiefdom. “The District Council Chairman is unavoidably absence because he has to chair the council meeting today but I have come to represent him and the entire council at this very momentous program” he lamented. 

In a press release earlier published, the management of YAD explained that in order to make the campaign and distribution process simple and transparent, “we have grouped the beneficiaries into two categories based on the outcome of a household vulnerability assessment survey which we conducted in the targeted community few weeks ago”:

The items distributed include 468 bags of rice, 25 bags salt, 100 canisters (batta) palm oil, 25 bags onions, 2000 lumps 72% soap, 2000 local masks, 500 YAD customized mask and 4 giant hand wash stations.

The management of YAD however appealed to the Malegohun community for not been able to target them all due to funding limitation: “unfortunately we do not have the resources to extend our support beyond the above defined groups and boundary. We also know that a meal for one person could leave two or more people starving, even if they share it equally. We therefore plead to the rest of Malegohun community who have not been fortunate to benefit from this support to remain hopeful and prayerful for us to have the courage and wisdom to mobilize more funds to target everyone in the chiefdom with future opportunities”.

In the same press release, the organization also reminded everyone of its apolitical status: “Please be reminded that YAD is a nongovernmental, nonreligious, non-political, nontribal and nonprofitmaking organization that works with and for the youth, women and children in diverse thematic areas that concretize peace, democracy and socioeconomic development in post conflict Sierra Leone with special focus on Kenema district.  To know more about YAD and its activities, please feel free to visit our homepage: www.yadsl.org and facebook: www.facebook.com/yad.sierraleone”.

19
Dec

YAD Launches Community Market and Social Mobilization Centre Construction Project

Youth in Action for Development (YAD) has today, 9th November 2019, launched another community development project at Ngiehun Konjo town, Malegohun chiefdom, Kenema district.  Among the distinguished stakeholders who graced the occasion were the Resident Minister – Eastern Province, Hon. Andrew A. Fatorma; Provincial Secretary – Eastern Province, Mohamed Sheik Kargbo; Senior District Officer – Eastern Province, Andrew Kaipumoh; Chairman and Governor of Kenema District Council, Mr. Mohamed Sesay , Paramount Chief – Malegohun Chiefdom, Hon. Madam Salay Satta Gendemeh, and many more.

Resident Minister, Eastern Region, Mr Andrew Fatorma Speaking

In his opening remarks, the Provincial Secretary, Mr Mohamed Sheik Kargbo who doubled as chairperson of the occasion, welcomed all and sundries and expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Konjo Community for being unanimous about development in their own locality. He further thanked the staff and management of YAD for crafting such an innovative project for the Konjo community. He then assured them of his blessings and unreserved support.

Presenting background of the project, the Programme Coordinator, Othman Sheriff explained that the project is co-funded by Fambul Tik, YAD and BMZ of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany and the main objectives are to trigger socioeconomic development for women, forester sociocultural cohesion and peaceful coexistence mong the youth, hence to solidify peace, democracy and good governance in Malegohun Chiefdom in general and Konjo community in particular.  He further revealed that the project entails a market hall which will be located on the ground floor, a community mobilization hall located on the top floor, 10 KW solar package, a PA system and series of capacity building sessions for the youth who shall take over management of the project facility in order to ensure future sustainability.

Cross-section of project beneficiaries

In her response, the Paramount Chief, Madam Salay Satta Gendemeh thanked the staff and management of YAD, assuring them of her commitment to provide then the necessary emotional and moral supports throughout project implementation. She further thanked the district administrators and other distinguished personalities for their endeavour to participate in what she called “a ground-breaking occasion” in her chiefdom.  “It has always been my desire to see YAD and Fambul Tik turn to Malegohun chiefdom with their development projects. Therefore, today’s occasion is a dream-comes true” she stated.  She further called on the youth and leaders of the Konjo community to provide YAD and its technical team whatever support they might require to expedite project implementation.   

Speaking on behalf of the Kenema District Council, the Governor of Kenema District Council, Mr Mohamed Sesay expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to YAD and the Konjo community for initiating such an innovative project, adding that “district councils are responsible for all development activities in every district; therefore”, he said, “this project is intended to complement our own efforts, which is why we won’t allow anyone to undermine it”.  He further assured YAD and the Konjo community of his unwavering support throughout project implementation, hence it’s in firm conformity with and solid support of President Bio’s New Direction agenda.  Governor Sesay concluded his lengthy speech by advising the skilled labourers who have been contracted to implement the project, to maintain their own respects and integrity while staying in the project community.

Community at work

Upon his arrival, though a bit later than expected due to unavoidable schedules, the Resident Minister – East, Hon. Andrew A. Fatorma buttressed the words of previous speakers. He then remarked that “it has been rumoured that some misguided individuals in the Konjo community have been trying to jeopardise this project”. “I must hasten to warn them that they should stop forthwith; no man born of woman can stop this project, because it’s the voice and desire of the Konjo community, which is why I’m giving it my supports and blessings” he reaffirmed.

Hon. Fatorma then advised the implementing agency and beneficiary community to put in place stringent accountability and transparency measures that can ensure future sustainability of the project.

Upon pouring libations before scooping the first concrete, Hon. Fatorma advised the youth to remain law abiding and peaceful citizens so that they can live longer and tell the stories to their own children.

 


YAD Commissioned Its National Headquarters and Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre in Kenema City

YAD has on Saturday, 12th January, 2019 inaugurated its newly constructed Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) at 55a Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema city. 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.

In his key note address, the Resident minister east, Hon. Andrew Ansu Fatorma thanked the staff and YAD and their donor partners for such a unique and magnificent job.  He further stated that as a government and as elders of the society, they have an obligation to give support to the youth of the day at all times. He said the first flagship program of the current government is education for the youth which is what YAD is working to promote. He therefore assured the management of YAD of his fullest support to make the MYRC project sustainable. He said the youth need to be thoroughly guided so that they can be meaningfully useful for the nation.

The minister cautioned the youth to be focused in learning from the elders, adding that the time they will take over from them it will just be a continuation of duty in the interest of national development.  He then assured his audience of government’s continues support for the youths in the nation. He appealed to all to make good use of the new facility as it belongs to them all.

The chairman Kenema district council, Mohamed Amadu “O” Level Sesay, in his statement also thanked the staff and management of YAD for the good job and called on the youth to always work as a team and he cautioned them to stop the issue of pulls him down syndrome, and for them to continue working together as a unit, adding that he is in the council to protect the affairs of the youth at all times. 

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 also means that unhindered access to justice, the right to decide with whom to live or associate, healthy and sound family life, affordable housing, hubs and co-working spaces, learning centers such as schools and community libraries, good recreational centers such as theatres and sport complex, and more promote this view. This is the reason why the staff and volunteers of the organizations had been living with serious apprehension regarding the unstable nature of the rented space they have been using as an office. In “May 2017, the organization successfully hammered home its proposal 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 stated. 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. The sport component provides many modern sport apparatus such as gymnastic gadgets, billiard, table tennis, table football etc. 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. This project is currently ongoing with the hope of completing it by December 2019.  Phase three shall be the general and continues management of the entire facility.

The organization also used the occasion as an opportunity to display to the pubic the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals which they won early 2018.  The award, which includes a trophy, certificate of recognition and cash donation, was presented to YAD by King Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain at a special occasion organized at his palace in the Bahraini capital of Manama.

Earlier in her statement, the deputy Regional Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA), Mad. Alice Jeneba Koroma who chaired the ceremony, said that the business of the youth, women and children are on the center heart of her ministry and it’s a flagship of the central government’s New Direction Agenda.

The programme started with a youth cohesion match between Action Star Youth Club (ASYC) and Burma One and Tow (BYDA) as one team, and Pujehun Youth Developmental Organization (PYDO) and Ultimate Family as another.  While the female wing of the former won the volley match the male wing of the later won the football match.

Earlier in her statement, the chairperson for the ceremony who also doubled as the deputy Regional Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA) madam Alice Jeneba Koroma said that the business of the youth, women and children are on the center heart of her ministry and it’s a flagship of the central government’s New Direction Agenda.

27
Feb

YAD Wins King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment

Sunday, 25th February 2018 added another chapter to the endless pages of YAD’s success story as the organization bags the King Hamad Youth Empowerment Award 2018. The unprecedented ceremony took place at the King’s palace in the Bahraini capital of Manama, and was witnessed by many stakeholders including all government ministers and representatives of United Nations.

A special jury team of nine individuals from various stakeholder institutions in diverse countries including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Government of Arab State of Kuwait and the Government of United Arab Emirate, conducted the reviews. According to their report, a total of 633 applicants from 87 countries applied for the awards with 21 applicants from the private sector, 488 from individual category, 111 from nongovernmental organizations and 22 from the government sector.

After careful reviews and verification of application documents including recommendations received from referees and evidence of impacts independently obtained elsewhere, Youth in Action for Development (YAD) was selected as the winner from the non-governmental organizations sector; Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kingdom of Bahrain selected from private sector, Youth Foundation under the President of Republic of Azerbaijan from the government sector, and Ms. Hadia Ali Sheerazi of Parkistan from individual category.

In a carefully worded letter dated 29th January 2018, the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Hisham Bin Mohammed Al Jowder wrote YAD prior to the award:

“GREETINGS FROM THE MINISTRY OF SPORT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS OF BAHRAIN. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO EXTEND TO YOU MY SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATIONS FOR YOUR EFFORTS TOWARDS THE YOUTH. IT IS OUR HONOR TO INFORM YOU THAT YOU ARE THE RECIPIENT OF THE KING HAMAD AWARD TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN THE NONPROFIT AND INTERNATIONAL NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION SECTOR.

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND TO YOU AN INVITATION TO ATTEND THE AWARD CEREMONY IN BAHRAIN. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE RECIPIENT OF THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AT THE AWARD CEREMONY IN BAHRAIN.”

In his keynote address before presenting the awards, His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Kalifa thanked the awardees for their tremendous contributions to empower the youth and to accelerate attainment of the global Sustainable Development Goals in their various countries. He then admonished them to keep up the good works regardless the herculean challenges they might be facing. He further commended youth organizations like YAD for recognizing themselves as the catalysts of global peace and development. “Our youth are on the right path, and are preparing themselves academically and practically as they are responsible for building the future”, he stated.

Receiving the award, the Programme Coordinator reaffirmed commitment and dedication of the staff and management of YAD to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals in post conflict Sierra Leone regardless all oddities, and further promised to utilize the award judiciously and for the intended purpose. “We have implemented series of community development projects over the years but the most remarkable one which I would like to take this opportunity to invite all and sunders to come and see, is our ongoing Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) construction project in the central heart of Kenema city. The project entails an assembly hall, cafeteria, digital library, administrative offices and a 20KVA solar package that shall provide YAD with a standalone power grid. The successful completion of this project shall ensure a long term sustainability for YAD as a true partner in development”, he boastfully concluded.

The King’s award included a trophy, certificate, and cash money.

1
Sep

YAD Launches Youth Resource Centre Construction Project in Kenema

YAD has today launched another social infrastructural development project in Kenema city. Titled Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre, the project will house YAD’s administrative headquarters, a youth conference/assembly hall, modern catering facility, digital library that will provide more than 50 thousand electronics books and research materials for both secondary and tertiary students, ICT training and digital/screen printing services.

The occasion attracted hundreds of admirers and all stakeholders including the Residence Minister of eastern region, Hon. Karamoh Kabbah. Among other stakeholders were the Provincial Secretary – eastern region, Senior District Officer- Kenema district, the Deputy Mayor – Kenema municipality, Town Chief – Kenema city, representatives of all relevant government ministries and executives of YAD affiliated youth groups.

While formally turning the foundation soil, the Resident Minister, Karamor Kabbah, Provincial Secretary, Mr Panicking, and the Town Chief, Kenie Momoh Ngombulango in various tones affirmed their undeterred support and expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciations to the board and management of YAD for their tireless efforts in providing valuable development projects for the youths in the region. They further expressed their blessings and support for whatever bureaucratic backing the organization might require in order to ensure successful implementation of the project.

Various speakers ushered similar appreciations and blessings upon YAD for this historic project.

 

 

 

31
Oct

YAD Signs Revolving Loan Contract With Young Photographers in Kenema District

Youth in Action for Development has on past Friday supported young photographers in Kenema district. The colourful ceremony which took place at YAD’s Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre at Duawoh Street in Kenema on Friday 28 October 2016, was witnessed by countless dignitaries and decision-makers including Madam Esther Guanya Kaisamba – Deputy Mayor of Kenema Municipality, Chief Kenie Momoh Ngombulango – Town Chief of Kenema city, Mr Sandy Kongo Sama – Regional Coordinator of the Sierra Leone National Youth Commission, representatives of Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs,  Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and cross-section of executives of the Sierra Leone photographers Union.

Highlighting background of the programme, the Coordinator, Othman Sheriff revealed that YAD and Fambul Tik e.V. have been working tirelessly over the years to eradicate some of the socioeconomic and cultural problems faced by the youth in Sierra Leone from diverse fronts. “The social entrepreneurship programme” he stated, “is aimed to maximize job opportunities, ensure economic stability and self-reliance for young citizens in the eastern region with special focus on small-scale urban farming, information and communication technology, desktop publishing and digital photography among others”. 

The Regional Coordinator for National Youth Commission, Mr. Sandy Kongo Sama Speaking

Sheriff Further revealed that “the main objective of today’s programme is to promote digital photography so that it can become a true carrier for young citizens in this part of the world. If Europeans can live on photography  in Europe where digital camera is a luxury available in almost every private household, why not in Sierra Leone where a digital camera still remain an expensive asset for most citizens?” he asked.

“The beneficiaries of today’s presentation are going to be 8 young professional photographers who have been carefully  selected by the management of YAD based on their individual performances and level of commitment to the YAD’s Youth Resource Lab over the past 6 months, and I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of every underprivileged youth in Kenema district, to urge those beneficiaries to cooperate with YAD and uphold the terms of the loan contracts so that  many other youths can benefit from the scheme in years to come”.

Before formally signing the loan agreement and presenting the cameras to registered beneficiaries, three photographers were formally awarded with YAD personalised power-banks and USB sticks for their commitment and dedication to the Youth Resource Lab.  The awardees included Abubackar Sesay, Gibrila Koroma and Bockarie Abu.

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Cross section of beneficiaries

Explaining key terms of the contract in the local parlance (Creole), the Finance Manager, Isata Ngombulango stressed that the terms of the loan agreement have been discussed with the potential beneficiaries and all parties clearly understood and found it satisfactory before signing.  She further took her audience step-by-step through key paragraphs of the contract including loan description, duration, method of payment, withdrawal from or termination of contract, dispute and settlement procedures, amendment of contract and final declaration. “I look forward to seeing all parties abiding by the above terms within a period of six months so that we can be able to multiply the number of beneficiaries in years to come”.

Speaking on behalf of the National Youth Commission, the Regional Coordinator, Mr Kongo Sama invited the youths to embrace the programme and also urged members of the Sierra Leone Photographers Union to take their profession seriously, and that, he said, begins with the code of dressing, the manner of approach, honesty and sincerity with the customers. Mr Sama further asked photographers to stop trafficking pictures to Bo or Freetown for final processing.

“Now that we have a good digital lab in Kenema city, you don’t need to traffic your products to other cities for printing, because it is our responsibility as citizens of Kenema to promote Kenema. I therefore think it unpatriotic for anyone of you, weather due to personal benefit or whatsoever,  to transport your photos to Bo where it will be printed by Koreans whose only goal of coming to Sierra Leone is to enrich themselves and go back to Korea leaving us in abject poverty” Mr. Sama advised.

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The Deputy Mayor of Kenema City, Madam Esther G. Kaisamba, presenting cameras to photographers

The Deputy Mayor of Kenema city, Esther Guanya Kaisamba, Presenting cameras to photographers[/caption]In her keynote address, the Deputy Mayor, Madam Esther G. Kaisama acknowledged YAD as the only youth organization that is immensely contributing to the sustenance of peace and socioeconomic livelihood of young citizens in Kenema municipality. She further urged all photographers to embrace the YAD’s social entrepreneurship programme as a loaf of bread meant for everyone and not to view it as a political campaign fund which could be robed by few disgruntled citizens.

Speaking on behalf of photographers, Mr Moiwo Murray Yancy, Chairman of Photographers Union in Kenema district, thanked YAD for the humanitarian initiative referring to it as a dream come true. He further described Othman Sheriff as the only individual that has ever fulfilled his promises to the photographers union and granted due recognition to photography in the region.  He then urged his fellow photographers to respect and honour terms of the revolving loan scheme which they have signed with YAD.

Giving vote of thanks to close the occasion, Mr Mohammed Kanneh, Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Photographers Union in Kenema district, thanked the staff and management of YAD for the gesture, referring to it as the greatest opportunity and recognition ever received by photographers in Kenema district.

The occasion was chaired by Mr. Ansumana D. Sheriff, one of the numerous academicians volunteers with YAD.

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Cameras ready to be presneted to young photographers

1
Sep

YAD Launches a Modern Science Lab Construction Project in Kenema

YAD has today, 27th May 2017, launched a new educational development project in Kenema city. Titled Millennium STEM and Learning Centre, the project is funded by Professor Francis Amara, a Sierra Leonean scholar and his family who are based in Winnipeg, Canada.

The launching and foundation laying ceremony which took place this morning at SLC school compound in central Kenema, was attended by numerous authorities including the Deputy Mayor, Madam Esther Guanya Kaisama, Regional Coordinator of National Youth Commission, Mr. Kongoh Sama, Representatives of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Youth and Sport.

Explaining background of the project upon officially turning the foundation soil, the Coordinator, Othman Sheriff who also doubled as the funder’s representative, explained that Professor Amara’s dream is to provide a modern science laboratory facility for SLC Mission with the primary objective to make science education reachable and affordable for Sierra Leonean youth and children in the eastern region.

It must be noted that Professor Francis Amara is an alumnus of the SLC Primary School and his motive is to pay back the SLC Mission for showing him during his childhood the path to where he is today.

The occassion was chaired by Alhaji Mohamed Koroma, chairman of the school's Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and it was attended by hundreds of jubilant pupils, families and caretakers.

Attached is pictorial review of the occasion