In his statement, the NGS said that visitations of this nature are vital because it is important to learn from the successes of others, and to replicate those best practices on programmes delivery and sustainability. He also noted that though the individual challenges faced by the Africa YMCAs are similar, that the approaches in solving these challenges differ. Therefore, the significance of technical exchange visitations, provided the right platforms to learn from the approaches used by others in solving their own challenges.
He joyfully expressed being impressed with the Sierra Leone YMCA for creating the space for empowering young people for the African Renaissance after visiting the Slum communities and in the provinces. “I am thrilled at how beneficiaries of YMCA are taking full ownership of the interventions done by the Sierra Leone YMCA”, he reiterated.
The Sierra Leone YMCA NGS, Mr. Christian Martyn Kamara, expressed appreciation to his Ghanaian counterpart for visiting the Sierra Leone Y. He stated that the essence of working together as the Africa YMCAs is to share experiences and learn from each other. Mr. Kamara concluded by encouraging the continuity of similar learning exchange visits. To gain different experiences and to learn from the successes of others as the African Alliance of YMCAs.
The week-long visit ended with Mr. Kwabena taken to the YMCA Hope School in Kissy, the newly constructed stores at Waterloo in the Western rural district of Freetown which is part of the economic model of the Sierra Leone Y.
Source: Sierra Leone YMCA Communications Team