One of Canada’s most experienced youth organizations responding to COVID-19 in West Africa with help from young Canadians

MONTREAL, March 8, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – In response to COVID-19, Montreal Canada Monde Jeunesse-Jeunesse Canada Monde (JCM-JCM) will partner with African Skills Hub to provide training and support to 10,000 young women and reach 51,000 indirect beneficiaries in Ghana and Senegal. The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Livelihoods Initiative (WELI), funded in part by Global Affairs Canada, will tackle the economic crisis and provide support to women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Vocational training combined with internships will provide an opportunity for young women in the North and East regions. In addition, young Canadian volunteers will provide peer support, entrepreneurship coaching and institutional capacity building to local partners, remotely.

“We are delighted to support CWY-CWY’s most recent economic empowerment initiative for young women and girls in West Africa, said the Honorable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development. This initiative aligns well with from Canada Feminist international assistance policy and will tackle the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 in the region. “

Susan handrigan, CEO of JCM-JCM says, “WELI is a truly innovative response to COVID-19 as it uniquely addresses the needs of regions and will help build skills and capacity. Additionally, with 50 years of volunteering in the country, we will now provide remote mentoring and expertise, further enabling local development in an innovative way. “

“COVID-19 has threatened the survival of many women-led businesses, but there is still a lot of hope to build back better. There is a recovery coming and huge alternative opportunities to branch out and do gender responsive programming in a new way, “said Daniel Antwi, Executive Director, Africa Skills Hub.

JCM -JCM (founded in 1971) is an INGO dedicated to the empowerment of young people. They collaborate with partners around the world to create transformative learning experiences. JCM-JCM focuses on youth engagement under four pillars 1) Sustainable livelihoods and entrepreneurship 2) Empowerment of young women and girls 3) Empowerment and experience of indigenous communities and 4) Environmental sustainability. The organization is guided by the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality, quality education, economic growth, reduction of inequalities and climate action.

Africa Skills Hub is a youth INGO based in Accrain Ghana and working across the African continent to train Africa youth as agents of change using the social enterprise paradigm which involves the application of disruptive approaches to community and local development.


Information: Julien Michel, 438-844-9786, [email protected]