YMCA Boss Announces Community Charity Project
The National General Secretary of the Liberia YMCA, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai says beginning February 2018, the YMCA of Liberia will embark on a monthly charity venture through donations to vulnerable groups in Liberia.
Speaking during a general staff meeting of the Liberia YMCA on Tuesday, January 16, 2016 at the YMCA Headquarters in Monrovia, Mr. Kamaboakai said, the Liberia YMCA does a lot of work with communities, but most of its work target specific ventures.
“Now we want to see how to reach out to vulnerable groups, such as orphanages, the disable, old folks and mental homes.”
The YMCA CEO has identified the last Friday of every month as the day when staff of the Liberia YMCA will spend half of the day (during the afternoon hours) in an area or institution identified to carry out its charity work. He said a team has already been set up to do a pre assessment where basic information on pressing needs about these areas is obtained.
“We may not be able to do all, but we are going to work in this direction to ensure that we help people who are in need.” The YMCA CEO said. Mr. Kamaboakai sad such endeavor would target between 500-600 or even 1000 United States dollars which he said would make an impact.
“This could be in the form of water installation, toilet renovation, repair of roofing facility or the provision of beds and or generators depending on the needs of the community or institution identified.”
The YMCA CEO challenged staff to commit themselves to the worthwhile venture adding:
“I urge you to donate US$1.00, or even more so when we go to buy we can also buy towels, soap etc, package them and give out to needed people and institutions.”
“This is a way of going one step beyond so the world can see that the YMCA is reaching out to people.”
On why the charitable donation by the Liberia YMCA, Mr. Kamaboakai said this is intended to improve the living standards of people, thereby also drawing attention to the needs of people in Liberia and provide the Liberia YMCA information to have the institution better informed during program development about the needs of people and communities to include in future proposals.
Finally, Mr. Kamaboakai said the initiative is all part of the process of change and time noting, “When certain things come to your mind you work to ensure that it is implemented especially when it is in the interest of people.”
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