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The Young Men Christian Association or YMCA ,Liberia has distributed multifarious materials worth US$83,950 to 470 skill training beneficiaries under the Securing Healthy Lives or SHL first phase project.

The 470 vocational seekers achieved their skills training in 17 different disciplines namely, general construction, tailoring, driving, hair dressing, bread making ,electricity, mental work, plumbing, Catering and pastry , soap making, auto-mechanic, motorcycle-repair, masonry, carpentry amongst others.

The 470 is the general total of beneficiaries of the Securing Healthy Lives (SHL) project implementing by YMCA in Liberia’s’four (4) counties executing in five communities; Ganta and Yekepa, Nimba ,Zorzor, Lofa, Gbarnga, Bong, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh counties respectively.

YMCA ,Securing Healthy Lives (SHL project is Ukaid and Big Lottery two years Founded project. The project has three components; governance, livelihood and health. Under the livelihood module young people acquire skills knowledge through vocational training that will make them marketable and resourceful in society and as such the tool kits exercise is the realization of the livelihood component of the SHLSL project.

The governance component of the project deals with advocacy, youth participation in decision making while the health sector talk about peace club awareness in schools, communities, peer education awareness on health related issues among others.

Addressing beneficiaries during distributions at one of the project sites in Yekepa,Nimba Countyon Thursday May 12, 2016,Lansana Conteh Finance Officer, SHL Project maintained that the 470 young Liberian skill beneficiaries are now transformed and prepared vocationally to work in their respective communities.

Mr.Conteh further called on community dwellers and organizations in Nimba County and Liberia at large to encourage and award them (skill seekers) contract to enable them have a sense of belonging in the country.

Speaking also at the occasion,Yekepa YMCA branch SHL project officer Tiffineh A. Yanyon asserted that YMCA and community leaders will monitor the 470 trade beneficiaries in the five communities within the three counties.

The Yekepa YMCA , Securing Healthy Lives (SHL project officer indicated that YMCA is committed in changing the lives of citizens most especially young people in Liberia.  ‘’Those materials will be retrieved from beneficiaries if sold’’ Mr. Yanyon intoned.

In March 2016,YMCA Yekepa Branch formally graduated 79 trade persons. The graduation exercise which was held at the Bishop Carroll High Campus in Yekepa was attended by cross-section of citizens including Lyndon Johnson, Yarmien District Security Council Chairman, YMCA, Yekepa Branch Coordinator Elizabeth Vannie, Tifinneh A. Tanyon, SHL Project officer, YMCA Volunteers among others.

Giving the overview of the SHLSL project Mr. Marcus Freeman, Project Manager said the project is targeting ten thousand vulnerable youths in Liberia’s four counties.

by Allen P. Lablah, Sanniquellie-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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