Youth Forum: Kambie Bolong Youth says committed to tackling problems confronting young people

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Members of Kambie Bolong Youth Development Association says they are committed to stand hard-on in tackling some of the problems the country’s young people are facing including the creation of suitable platforms for them to excel and contribute to national development.

The youth-led association was formed in June 2011 and legally registered at the Attorney General’s Chambers with 30 members. Its programmes include advocacy and enterprise development.

“We will be responsible for this country’s change legacy and to shape the world in the positive direction that will support our communities and give other youth the opportunity they deserve,” Baboucarr E. Camara, a member of the association said.

He said these and many other reasons motivated them to organise themselves to create Kambie Bolong Youth Development Association.

Mr. Camara said they target to empower, inform and enlighten young people by making their voices heard.

The group has a vision to create a society where young people are well informed of the issues affecting their development and involve them in finding means to remedy such situations.

It also has a mission to inform and actively involve youth in social development agenda and engage them in community activities. In the past, the group has organised symposia, speeches, training programmes and cleaning exercises.

The enterprise group has recently made bars of soaps using ‘moringa’ and were sold to the community at a relatively cheaper price. To tackle youth unemployment, the group said it is preparing its members for sustainable entrepreneurship training.

Mr. Camara said they will appreciate funding from individuals and institutions for their training programmes to help young people.

“We have also established Kambie Bolong Girls in Business which aims to pave the way for girls to become job creators rather than job seekers,”  he said.

The association also sensitizes youth on drugs and alcohol abuse among other things to create better living condition for them.

Meanwhile, the association has realized the significance and benefits attached to moringa herbal bathing and soap making for the community, which motivated them to venture into both moringa herbal bathing and soap making.

Girls are the main target as they are mostly vulnerable to the difficulties in the society, and are facing a series of challenges today such as unemployment and underemployment, as well as dropping out from school.

However, a lot of skills in this project would serve as a source of income for the members of the association, as they will get their commission after each sale.

After realizing the fact that the government cannot employ everybody; therefore, the idea of being job creators rather than being job seekers, they decided to involve themselves in skills that could provide self-employment and self-reliance to earn their living.

In many ways, this would reduce the rate of dependency, promote savings and enhance nation development.

The project will be handled by a determined group, who will oversee the smooth and day-to-day running of the entire project.

After production, the products will be distributed among the members of the association, who will sell them and later bring the income to the finance department of the association, which will be monitoring them and give them commissions after the sale of the products, in keeping with the agreement made at the beginning between the sales agent and the association.

Kambie Bolong Youth Development Association also embarks on youth empowerment, education, and health awareness, among other things, for the advancement of Gambian youths.

Author: Lamin Darboe