Name of organization:
Youth in Action for Development (YAD)
Description of organization:
YAD began its work in 2007, primarily in the city of Kenema, Sierra Leone. The organization engages youth, women and children in education, skills training and self-help ventures, with the aim of protecting the marginalized from violations of basic human rights.
The main objective of this project is to promote social cohesion among youth through campaigns, workshops and social mobilization activities. Though the last electoral process had been deemed fair by observers, riots occurred in the south-eastern part of Sierra Leone following the results, which YAD noted as being due to divisions along regional and tribal lines. This project therefore raises awareness against violence, human rights violations, religious discrimination and ethnic voting.
By the end of the project, YAD expects to:
- Organize anti-violence, conflict management and human rights workshops for 12 Youth Cohesion Ambassadors;
- Increase awareness against ethnic voting, religious and cultural discrimination among 172 participants through symposiums, radio and television programs, campaigns and a drama performance;
- Organize 6 football and volleyball teams with 144 participants; and
- Reach out to 150,000 inhabitants of Kenema through a one day Youth Cohesion Tournament for football and volleyball teams, airing radio and television programs, and a public drama performance.