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UNICEF gives US$1M to National Youth Service Program

Patrick Flomo/Benjamin S. Taingay

( 29, 2015)-The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided over US$1M as additional funding to the National Youth Service Program.

The National Youth Service Program operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The fund represents UNICEF’s support to the National Youth Service Program’s current activities and will last up to June, 2015.

It was remitted to the Ministry’s account in three tranches under a direct cash transfer arrangement between the UN agency and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Three hundred National Volunteers are currently deployed under the program in 12 of Liberia’s 15 counties, rendering services in the areas of Ebola sensitization, education and youth center management.

The latest funding will cover costs of ongoing activities of the program, including monthly support to the 300 National Volunteers, operational support to the Ministry and county coordinating offices.

UNICEF Resident Representative to Liberia, Sheldon Yett, informed Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, about the funds’ remittance.

Mr. Yett restated his agency’s commitment to the partnership between it and the Ministry.

He said: “The partnership is aimed at promoting youth empowerment and, peace and reconciliation in Liberia.

At the same time, Minister Nagbe said UNICEF’s latest gesture is a further demonstration of its continued confidence in the ministry’s internal management systems and program delivery ability.

He assured that the funds will be used to positively affect the lives of the youth and communities across Liberia.

The Youth and Sports Minister then lauded UNICEF for its sustained support and again assured the UN agency that the money will service as a major source of success for the National Youth Service Program.

It can be recalled that UNICEF, in 2013/2014, remitted over US$500-thousand to the ministry.

During that time, Mr. Yett assured Minister Nagbe of his appreciation of the level of collaboration between UNICEF and the Youth and Sports Ministry in implementing the program.


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