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 Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Handicapped Youth Development Association breathes a sigh of relief after getting UN-HABITAT backing for disability project in Sierra Leone with $20,000 grant.

The Handicapped Youth Development Association (HYDA) was founded in 1998 as a response to salvage the numerous social ills faced by the disabled youth in Sierra Leone. HYDA is dedicated to the goal of enhancing the full and equal participation of young people with disabilities in social and economic life as well as providing an enabling environment for the enjoyment of human rights.

The centre would have been shut down unless emergency funding prevents the youth from being homeless. But fortunately, UN-HABITAT has provided $20,000 to support the group‘s Disability Is Not Inability initiative, a 10-month project targeting urban disabled youth in the capital, Freetown, with training courses in information and communication technology (ICT), entrepreneurship and vocational skills.

The project, which was selected from among 1,500 applications from 85 countries, was announced on 12 August, which is observed as International Youth Day. The award come from UN-HABITAT’s flagship Youth-led Development Fund, which is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas aimed at alleviating poverty, improving employment prospects for young people and increasing the participation of young people in democratic processes.

(Source: Sierra Express Media)

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