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YMCA provides start-up kits to slum dwellers

November 3, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma   

 In a bid to empower and transform the lives of young people living in slum communities in Freetown, Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), through their “Pull Slum Pan Pipul” project, has doled out start-up kits worth millions of Leones to over 20 slum dwellers that have gone through various vocational skills training.

Speaking yesterday at the YMCA Office at Fort Street in Freetown, during the handing over of start-up kits to the beneficiaries, Public Relations and Volunteer Development Manager, Claudius Ola Taylor, said they work with eight slum communities in Freetown.

He said every year they accept applications from people in those communities that want to learn any vocational training in various fields and provide them with start-up kits to put into practice skills they have acquired.

He implored the beneficiaries not to sell the start-up kits, but to make sure that they put into practice skills they have learned to support their families and make a change in their respective communities.

Manager of “Pull Slum Pan Pipul” project, Francis Anthony Reffell, said   YWCA is as a worldwide organization with a vision to promote youth empowerment and self-reliance.

He encouraged youth living in slum communities to keep away from criminal activities and engage in positive activity for their good and that of their respective families.

In her vote of thanks, Christiana Dillon from Orosholo slum community at Murray Town, expressed appreciation to YMCA for adding value to their lives and promised to put into full implementation of what they have learned from their various skills training centres in Freetown.

She said before now, they were nobodies in their respective communities, but with the skills they have acquired, they would make a change in their respective communities.

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