Young people who’ve lived through devastating civil wars in Liberia have been denied access to basic services which has limited their life chances.
With your donation you could help provide a young person with a life starter kit to embark on a new life and a future free from poverty.
After a brutal civil war Ruben was certain to face a future of poverty. “Before I started the training at the YMCA, I was doing nothing.”
“I wasn’t going to school, I wasn’t doing anything. At the time I was going to the pier and selling used clothes. I would go everywhere in Ganta to sell the clothes but no business came. When my sisters and cousins got sick right we couldn’t afford the medicine. I wasn’t earning money and there was nobody to help me.
“Nobody would help us. That’s life, eh?”
But help did find its way to Ruben when he heard about Liberia YMCA. Since 2008 Y Care International have been supporting Liberia YMCA to provide livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable young people affected by the conflict.
“We found out about the YMCA because it was on the news and myself and my three sisters we got together and decided to visit. I met the project manager, Mona, and she told me that training in a skill would be the best thing that ever happened to me. She was right.”
Ruben enrolled on the carpentry course and is now on the way to changing his life. After he completes his training and graduates he’ll receive a starter kit with all the tools he needs to work his way out of poverty.
“As soon as I started learning new skills at the YMCA, I knew I wanted to stay and finish the course. Even when I graduate I still want to be here!”
The YMCA has made my work special in my life. My heart can beat free when I am working.
“Before I joined the training I did not know how to do carpentry. Nothing. But the YMCA has taught me how to become a carpenter. Now I can fix tables, benches, beds, doors and chairs. I have even made a baby’s bed.
When I know the skill as best as I can and start getting work, I will always put it in the bank. I can start paying for school fees and maybe pay for a room for myself. Maybe even a house and get a wife! I want to have my own family.”
Just $22 you could help provide a young person with a life starter kit to embark on a new life and a future free from poverty.