YEP-AFRICA Set For Stove, Electricity Production
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Speaking at a meeting held at the YEP-GAMBIA chapter’s office in Brikama, Paul Engelsman, chairman and founder YEP-AFRICA, said the mission of YEP was to empower the youth to be the change and serve the world.
“Empowering the youth means creating and supporting the enabling conditions under which young people can act on their own behalf, and on their own terms rather than at the direction of others,” he said.
“The four E’s which are our values are: Equality, Empowerment, Ethics and Entrepreneurship is geared to change the status with personal awareness, all different, all equal and respect for all that lives and channel passion into action also seeks to promote humanity and understanding,” said Mr. Engelsman.
YEP, he noted, was also about the essence of young lives in relation to others, saying that the meeting was about YEP-Business as the entire week, they would be discussing with the young entrepreneurs on the importance of business that were just in the offing.
“We all need money to survive through businesses, it will be very paramount for the young Yeppers who are empowered to be very focus as youth employment is still stumpy in the country,’’ he posited.
He tasked the young people to work on creating awareness programmes through businesses in order for them to have a bright future promising them that the YEP-AFRICA would always endeavor to assist them in their respective businesses once they were committed and focus.
The YEP-Gambia chapter business center is designed to create employment as well as the young people who are empowered by YEP-AFRICA to come under one umbrella discuss issues affecting them and map out a solution to them. A country without young people stands for no future as young people are the future who will one day take the leadership mantle.
‘’I therefore, task you to come up with one programme activity come November as an already empowered young people in order to manifest your empowerment,” he said
Dembo Kuyateh, chairman YEP-Gambia chapter, who also doubles as the child and youth officer for Kombo North Federation, a Child-Fund affiliated Community Base Organisation (CBO), speaking earlier, described their affiliation with YEP-AFRICA as a worthy one, saying that since its inception, many young Gambians have benefited a lot of training through entrepreneurship skills.
He stated that today, many of those young people were working on their own without depending on any one and even looking after their family needs.
“We, at YEP-Gambia, will always work for the development of the young population, as we are the agents of change and those who will soon take in charge of the affairs of our country, communities and other challenges ahead of us,” he said.
JeskeWeernesteyn and NicoGroen, who accompanied Paul to The Gambia, made similar remarks, calling on the Yeppers to work for their development and that of the development of the country.
They described their visit as a noble one as it would accord them to discuss issues with the young people and lay out plans for them in future as young entrepreneurs.
Ebrima Gaye, Mariama Sanyang, Sirreh Darboe, AlassanaBadjie, Kaddy Sanyang, Thalatou Jallow and FansaineyGassama all thanked the visitors for their concern, whiles promising them to partner with them and promote the affairs of the Gambian young population.
Author: Musa Badjie