Young People Without Borders (YPWB), a youth-oriented community-based organisation at Siffoe village in the Kombo South district of West Coast region will tomorrow host a partner organization from Casamance region of Senegal for a five-day visit aimed at fostering a mutual friendship and partnership that can foster a better living standard for the people of the two regions.
Young People Without Borders is the biggest youth-led group in the district, implementing programmes in diverse sectors of society such as education, health, agriculture, environmental conservation, micro-credit schemes, youth empowerment and child protection.
Their activities are community-centered and need driven ventures that continue to drive thousands of people out of severe poverty as well as build community resilience.
Copi is a vibrant community organization in Casamance focusing on the plight of the “Internally displaced people”.
Their visit is seen as a breakthrough in their collective desire towards the realization of the Millennium Development Goals of “global partnership”.
Speaking in an interview, the President of YPWB Gambia chapter, Kalipha Kanteh of Siffoe, disclosed that during the five-day visit, the two organisations will formally sign a memorandum of understanding at a grand event at the village and the two groups will venture into a massive fruit-tree (oranges) planting in designated compounds in Siffoe. Compound heads, he added, will also be asked to take ownership of the project for their own source of livelihood.
“The oranges will be purchased by our organization and planted in various compounds for free, and all we need from the compound heads is to take care of the plant for a source of income to their families,” Mr Kanteh added.
Gambia’s Kora king, Jaliba Kuyateh, in his capacity as the UNICEF goodwill ambassador, is expected to address the young people about the importance of culture and heritage at a symposium at Siffoe as part of the visit.
Other activities the two organizations will embark upon include site visit to projects implemented by Young People Without Borders, a courtesy call to the village authorities and traditional places, musical exchange, and sporting activities.