The Manager of the Kombo North ChildFund affiliated Federation has appealed to the young people of the District to tighten-up their belts and till the available fertile lands in their areas to feed their families and communities.
Alieu Mendy also encouraged young people to cast away the mentality that there are difficulties in The Gambia, telling them to search for answers on why foreigners are traveling to The Gambia and making a living here if the country is as poor as many people perceived.
Addressing the young people of Kombo North District at his Federation’s sponsored third annual youth empowerment forum in Banjulinding on Saturday, Mr Mendy urged the young people to stop banking all their hopes on their parents and brothers, asking them to make hay while the sun shines.
“Our activities are geared towards improving the lives of youth and children and their families, with increased attention on the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children as ChildFund’s core focus area,” he said.
Mendy maintained that his Federation’s engagement with young people is increasingly paying beneficial dividend as it continues to make many of them focus on self invented initiatives. “This should help you to identify your challenges and providing solutions to them,” he said.
Dembo Kuyateh, Child and Youth Officer of the Federation told the young people that the forum would enable them to unleash their potentials together. He urged them to always believe in themselves and believe that a promising future awaits them.
“We expect that by the time you leave from this forum, you will all be agents of change. Wherever you meet, you must discuss issues that are affecting your lives and identify their solutions.”
Kuyateh assured the young people that the Federation has high regard for their growth and development, reminding them to ensure that the resources that are invested on them are not wasted.
Dilating on participatory approach for effective community child protection as theme for the forum, Kuyateh reminded participants that they must be committed to effectively maximise the opportunities provided for them to think, explore and act.
Ebrima Darboe, Secretary General of the Banjulinding Village Development Committee (VDC) and Dagain Jobe, the outgoing District Youth and Children Development Association Chairman, both called on the participants to be critical thinkers to bring development to their communities.
by Amadou Jallow