The Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) in partnership with UNDP’s Social Economic Empowerment for Disadvantaged Youths (SEED) project launched phase three of a waste management initiative across parts of Monrovia.
The process held on 18 July 2020, involved over 500 Youth at Risk currently benefitting from the SEED project seen engaged in community clean up exercises across the City in conjunction with city corporations including the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC).
The Initiative is part of efforts aimed at accelerating sustainable waste management which remains a serious challenge as well as, social cohesion and community reintegration.
It targets Youth at Risk & is funded by UN Peacebuilding Support Office through the Liberia Multi-Partner Trust Fund.
The community clean-up exercise will last for 10 weekends over a two- month period and serves as a short-term livelihood and recovery intervention intended to provide some form of incentives for disadvantaged youth as they volunteer to contribute to development of their communities.
It takes on a cash-for –work modality in which disadvantaged youth can earn and save wages towards their subsistence and businesses.
The official pprogramme was attended by UNDP Liberia Team Leader for its Energy and Environment, Dorsla Farcathy and the official launch was performed by the Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee.
“At the end of this activity, the youths will be receiving stipends which we believe will give them the desires to become part of reputable community based-institutions to safely generate income without been chased in streets corners for snitching things from peaceful citizens,” says Farcathy
The programme encourages disadvantaged youths to work in their communities to promote and build social cohesion and a sense of belonging to a community, couple with capacity building for personal income generation.
Youths working directly with the Monrovia City Corporations and the Paynesville City Corporations will increase the confidence of disadvantaged youths under the SEED project thereby promoting peace and social change.