Dec 23, 2009, 3:23 PM
Speaking in an interview with this reporter the Secretary General of Finland YMCA, Mr. JaakkoKoikkalainen, said they are in the country to exchange ideas with their Gambian counterparts, share cultures and to see for themselves some of the projects that they are supporting in the country. Most importantly, he said to further strengthen the relationship between the two organiations and countries. He revealed that the Finland YMCA was formed in 1889 with 78 local units and over 200 staff.
He revealed that among the projects they supported in the country
are the HIV/AIDs project, help in the building of Gambia YMCA building and
recently the 'Takku Liggaye' project which aims to teach young people skills to
be self-reliant in the future. He described their relationship with The Gambia
YMCA as special compared to that of other countries. "Even the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of
Meanwhile, the guests, led by their Gambian counterparts,
yesterday morning paid a courtesy call on the Secretary of State for Youth and
Sports, Mr. Sheriff Gomez, at his office in
The meeting was meant to brief the young people's Secretary of State about the link.