Mercy Corps Liberia, a leading humanitarian and development organization has graduated over 37 youths from its apprenticeship program in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The graduation ceremony of the apprentices took place recently at the Red Cross Conference Hall in Gbarnga with several stakeholders and business tycoons in attendance.
Giving an overview of the program, an official of Mercy Corps in Bong County, Prince Kuku Dadzie says the prospects program is intended to empower young Liberians to find meaningful market – driving and self – employment to increase their skills and livelihood.
Mr. Dadzie says Mercy Corps is a global non -governmental, humanitarian aid organization operating in transitional contexts that have undergone or have been undergoing various forms of economic, environmental, social and political instabilities.
“Mercy Corps proposes a mission to “alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities,” he says.
According to Mr. Dadzie, the initiative is promoting sustainable partnership, economic transformation and empowerment of young Liberians to build constructive and meaningful livelihoods.
He says the initiative seeks to equip young Liberians with the skills and opportunities to engage with their communities and market.
Mr. Dadzie states that the institution’s central goal is for entrepreneurship and businesses to work together in order to grow their business entities.
He says it leads to their optimist goal by creating employment opportunities for work – ready youths.
Mr. Dadzie indicates that their major factors include entrepreneurship, host businesses and Mercy Corps, including the community, local authorities and government ministries and agencies, with funding from the Swedish International Development Agency.
He reveals that out of 39 persons recruited, 37 of them completed the three months of entrepreneurship successfully.
Some of the graduates who spoke to reporters extended commendations to Mercy Corps Liberia for the training and job opportunities provided them. The promised to implement the knowledge and skills acquired over the three months.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley