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Finland YMCA Officials Visits The Gambia

Jan 16, 2009, 4:58 AM | Article By: Alieu Jabang

A 16-member team from the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) Finland is currently in the country as guests of The Gambia YMCA.

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 Finland is proud of this relationship," he said.

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 Banjul.
The meeting was meant to brief the young people's Secretary of State about the link.