A partial view of one of the mini garbage collection tractors provided by ABIC

By: Leila B. Gbati

The Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security has presented empowerment packages to underprivileged youth groups in six different slum communities, marking the successful culmination of a lengthy process that began the previous year.

ABIC, under the “Slum Peace Entrepreneurs Hub”—the Sustainable Efforts Against Organized Crime and Youth Gang Violence Project—began at the weekend the distribution of equipment with a combined value of $5,000 in the form of empowerment packages for young people living in the communities that are a part of the project. This distribution was made possible by the Global Initiative and Resilience Fund.

The townships of West Point, Bentol City, Caldwell, New Georgia, Clara Town, and Old Road are among the areas that will be prioritized for development as part of the project. However, the distribution began in West Point and Caldwell, and it is anticipated that it will make its way to the remaining four communities in the days to come. Under the terms of the project, disadvantaged youth from West Point would be put to work collecting garbage and recycling, while residents of Caldwell would be responsible for collecting garbage and carrying out fumigation.

Cllr. Chesson-Wureh, the establishment coordinator of ABIC, stated that the initiative is meant to help lift young people out of poverty while she was speaking at an event marking the distribution of garbage collection equipment worth $5,000 USD.

The leader of ABIC gave her employees the charge to go out into the world and make a positive change for society, and then she pledged the commitment of her organization to seek out additional opportunities for young people, particularly for disadvantaged or underprivileged young people.

Cllr. Chesson-Wureh stated that now that you have been provided with these opportunities, it is your responsibility to go out into the world and make a difference. It is also our commitment to lobby more for positive things on your behalf.

“You need to step up to the challenge and make an effort to make sure that everyone is treated in the same manner.” I will take you to places in the world that you have never even considered visiting. She emphasized that all that was required of them was to “play their part” in the endeavor. “I have greater visions for you,” she said.

Applauding ABIC and its partners for the empowerment packages was Mr. Isaac Roberts, Chief Investigator in the Office of the Commissioner of West Point.

This is a one-of-a-kind activity, and it will be of great assistance to those who are disadvantaged in this nation. Because a program of this nature is beneficial to the safety of the state, the populace will experience a sense of relief as a result. This is what we mean when we talk about good leadership—changing the narratives of other people’s lives. “And my advice to the beneficiaries is that they let this equipment be used for the purpose for which it was intended,” warned Mr. Roberts.

Madam Gifty Mensah, the Coordinator of the Women’s Situation Room (WSR) in charge of youth at ABIC, provided an overview of the project and explained that while the youth of West Point and Caldwell are engaged in garbage collection and recycling and garbage collection and fumigation, respectively, the youth of Bentol would be involved in soap making, and the youth of New Georgia would be involved with water purification and distribution activities. Madam Gifty Mensah is responsible for youth at ABIC.

“As we speak with you, we are in possession of your company’s articles of incorporation as well as its registration. Whatever it is that we initiate will be continued. As we move into the next cycle of elections, we will continue to be engaged. Gifty continued by saying, “We are very appreciative of your cordial working relationship as we are fighting for more to come.”

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