GIRL POWER PROJECT
The Girl Power Program (GPP) is an International Project supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands for a period of five (5) years (2011 to 2015).Plan International Netherlands and other consortium members in the Project are implementing in ten countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh).
In Sierra Leone, YACAN is among the local partners selected by Plan Sierra Leone to implement the project in Freetown (Western Area) as the Project is being implemented in two of Plan Sierra Leone’s operational areas, Moyamba and Western Area. YACAN over the last five years implemented the Girl Power Project in the Western Area in both Schools and Communities.
Project communities in the Western Area are:
Beneficiary Schools in the Girl Power Project are:
-St Joseph’s Secondary School
-Murray town Army Junior Secondary School
– Services Junior Secondary School
– Vine Memorial Junior Secondary School
– Government Model Junior Secondary School
– Laura Dove Vocational Secondary School
– St Raphael’s Catholic Secondary School Waterloo
– Government Rokel Junior Secondary School
– Government Secondary Technical School
Government Municipal Junior Secondary School
In the course of the implementation phase in the five years period, YACAN has been able to train over 15000 girls and young women in communities and schools in the Western Area and also work in collaboration with Plan International Sierra Leone in over 20 communities.The Project has contributed to the identification of major issues affecting girls in communities and schools such as Gender Base Violence, right to Girls education, inclusion of young women in community engagement by stakeholders and more. Girls and boys in Schools have also benefited from YACAN’s training in over ten schools on Communication skills, Leadership, Sexual Reproductive Health, Governance, Group formation, Gender and Monitoring.
YACAN has contributed immensely in reducing the huge gap that used to exist between young women/girls and their stakeholders (chiefs, MP’s and Councilors) in their communities, and also greatly improved on bilateral dialogue on needs of young women and girls. The GPP Project initiates the production of Pikin Varanda Newsletter publication that report on the evolving trend of girls and women’s development in Sierra Leone and to make a clarion and solemn call on stakeholders in charge of decision making in the country.
YOUTH INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT 2012 to 2014
The Youth Inclusive Economic Empowerment Project (YIEEP) was implemented by YACAN for Plan Sierra Leone in the year 2012 to 2014 in the Western Area of Sierra Leone.
The project had three main components to help address some problems of young people in the Western Area and Moyamba. YACAN and two other NGOs (GGEM and CEFORD) were jointly implementing the project in the two regions i.e. Western Area and Moyamba.
YACAN was contracted by Plan Sierra Leone to lead the Implementation in the area of developing Life Skill manual on Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Gender, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Education (ASRHE) and conduct training for community youth groups through 50 community volunteer trainers (CVTs) in both Freetown and Moyamba. YACAN was also leading the youth linkages and advocacy components. YACAN considers the YIEE project as one of its most successful intervention through a project implemented for young people in the western Area. The Projects, within the three years period was able to coordinate major advocacy engagements between young people, community leaders and senior members of government including ministers and members of parliament.
The project was able to push the agenda on the advocacy for youth employment. YACAN was able to lead young people from different organizations and communities to present a Position Paper on the status of youth unemployment in Sierra Leone. YACAN also jointly presented a video documentary on youth employment in Sierra Leone to the EU Members of parliament through its partner, Plan Finland in 2013.
The YIEE Project was able to support the training of over 6500 youth in community groups of 20 reaching 325 groups in both Freetown and Moyamba in youth savings and loan Association (YSLA) groups on life skills component of the project; Gender, HIV & AIDS, Malaria Prevention and Sexual