May 26, 2008, 5:50 AM
The two officials also expressed belief that if young people are given the required support at tender ages, it would translate into directing their focus to become responsible elders that surmount challenges and spearhead the development of their communities and families.
Momodou Jallow and Ebrima Sanneh were speaking on Thursday at the ChildFund Kuloro community office in Kombo East during Kaira Nyining Federation’s annual general meeting.
Jallow told the audience that ChildFund operates to help the deprived, excluded and vulnerable children, as it works with six federations in the country from Kalagi to Kombo North.
“The overall work of all these federations is exclusively centred on providing a better living for children and preparing them for the future,” he said.
“Here is the ground where members of the Federation can hold authorities accountable for their responsibilities. People must ensure that they fully participate and take ownership of their own development.”
He declared ChildFund’s continued commitment to support KNF in strategic interests and the betterment of the children and their families.
“The AGM is a constitutional mandate and it will help us to identify our deficiencies and make improvements on it,” he said.
Presenting the annual report, the KNF board chairman, Lamin Ebrima Sonko, said 4,079 children are currently sponsored by the federation with 2,600 already having sponsors abroad.
According to him, the federation has conducted series of capacity building trainings for both its members and young people in the district last year, making reference to the training of 30 women on food processing and preservation.
Sonko told the gathering that the federation is currently sponsoring 650 students from lower basic to tertiary education levels.
“We have trained people on child protection hence protecting the child is a global concern and one of ChildFund’s core operational values,” Mr Sonko said.
Momodou Lamin Sanyang, councilor of Pirang Ward, and Omar Bah, the board chairperson of Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance, both commended the management of KNF and the people of Kombo East for their support to young people.