Liberia: Angie Brooks International Center Launches Slum Peace Entrepreneurs Hub for Underprivileged Youth
Monrovia – The Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security launched a Slum Peace Entrepreneurs Project over the weekend to empower more than 250 disadvantaged youth of Montserrado County.
The title of the project: “Slum Peacepreneurs Hub”, which also seeks to create an urban peace dialogue among disadvantaged young people, was held at the town hall of Paynesville under the theme: “Strengthening the resilience of young people in the face of organized crime and gang violence ”.
The target communities that have benefited from this project include, among others, the Gobachop community, the King Gray community, the Duport communities.
Speaking at the program, ABIC’s program manager Gifty Mensah said youth in slums and ghettos face a lack of basic services, little or no education and employable skills to do faced with the problems of creating their identity, assuming their responsibilities and surviving. by them selves.
“Therefore, creating economic opportunities for such a population is crucial for the peace and security of the country. In this context, ABIC, in partnership with Global Initiative, and Residence Fund piloted an entrepreneurial project in six communities for more than 250 young gangs between August and November 2020. ”
She added, “This project was the first to involve young people from selected slums and ghettos in entrepreneurship, which will ultimately create role models for other gang members within their communities, breaking down thus the stereotypes attached to these young people.
Ms Mensah added that the aim of the project is to identify young people in the selected communities, train them and provide seed money to start a business enterprise within their communities.
Also speaking, ABIC Board Chair Ms. Olubanke King-Akerele called on disadvantaged youth to use the skills learned to contribute to national development.
“You must help keep Lonestar; do concrete things. Get organized and do things, stop sitting around doing nothing and complaining, ”she added.
For her part, ABIC’s school coordinator, Yvette Chesson-Wureh, urged disadvantaged young people to create projects, using their skills to contribute positively to society.
“Despite the challenges you face, you can do your best,” she added.
Andy Turay, an underprivileged youth from the New Georgia community and a beneficiary of the program, thanked Angie Brooks International Center for the training.
Turay called on the organization to build a rehabilitation center to allow them to leave the streets.
“We are helping you build a rehabilitation center for that is to get off the streets. We are tired of living on the streets. We continue to stay in the streets, we will not be able to apply the skills we have acquired for tomorrow, ”added Turay.