An interview with Executive Coordinator at YPPD on the Sustainable Youth Livelihood and Empowerment Program in Northern Sierra Leone.
By Kaitlin, Student Volunteer with YPPD from Wesleyan University – USA.
Question: why was your project among others targeting at-risk women?
Ans: “Being a victim myself and coming from a society that respects men with more than one wife, I kept experiencing domestic violence as a child right from my family and the entire neighborhood I was raised in. today, being able to know the complexities surrounding women and the daily struggles they face – compounded by acute poverty, I suddenly came to the realization that being a man would also add voice to the silent majority of women in need of help.
My inspiration has therefore been built upon these daily struggles women – our mothers face and being at the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development’s governance strata I am able to institute a youth-led approach towards ending violence against women and the UN-HABITAT funded Sustainable Youth Livelihood project is just one of those approaches.” Musa Ansumana Soko
Breathing Life into An already lifeless situation as a port-conflict youth need
At YPPD, we are changing communities from within and creating a common language of hope for an already hopeless situation. Beneficiaries of this project are provided training and start-up facilities that enable them establish and manage their own smaller enterprises.
The goal is to address the acute poverty and unemployment faced by young men and women who are victims of marginalization and unemployment by proving supports through practical and vocational skills training and start-up facilities to 40 beneficiaries a year that enables them to be employed to help themselves and their families.
With our commitment, we want to continue offering an opportunity for each young man and woman in situations of extreme violence and poverty so they can in turn change their lives and give to
An Alternative Youth Livelihood initiative – One Day I will Do Something.
Youth Partnership for Peace and Development together with partners will continue improving access to non-formal education through the provision of vocational skills training for vulnerable youth who are mainly war-affected victims, teenage mothers and former combatants. This will increase access to sustainable livelihoods, reduce youth unemployment, violence and promote self-reliance and sustainable peace in the country.