Graduates of YMCA
The Young Men Christian Association [YMCA] over the weekend put out several young graduates who had acquired basic skills in Metal Work, Plumbing, Masonry, Agriculture, Tailoring, Hair dressing, Carpentry, and Electricity.
The graduates who numbered over one hundred had undergone nine months of basic skills training as a means of enabling them to get some gainful employment. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the guest speaker, Mr. Sam Tra-Kruah urged the graduates to make good use of the skills they have acquired not just for their own benefits but to the benefits of those they will serve.
According to Mr.Tra-Kruah, the skills they acquired will make the nation dependent on them rather than going to other nations to bring in work force in those areas. For his part, YMCA’s Project Manager, Marcus Freeman told our Nimba County correspondent that his organization will continue to engage young people to empower them and make them productive citizens.
He called on other NGOs to join the YMCA so that together they all can make some impact in the lives of the young people of Liberia. The YMCA project manager said the graduates will be given start up packages to enable them begin to put their skills to use immediately.
The graduates will now have to drive their own future, he said, adding, because it is now in their own hands, while urging them to help in the rebuilding of the country. He told our correspondent that YMCA is sponsor by LOTTERY Funded and UKaid from the British people.
Some of the graduates who spoke to our correspondent said this is the first skill training they have ever acquired in their lives. According to them, they now have something for which they can now leave the streets and help make some impact in the society.
BY Franklin Doloquee, Nimba-Edited by Othello B. Garblah