- Two youths attend The Economic and Social Council Youth Forum 2022
As an organization working to empower young people, it was evident that young people in care voices needed to be heard in this forum. We applauded our two participants Kalilou and Edrisa from The Gambia for taking part in this important two days forum where they contributed immensely.
The 2022 Annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum took place at a critical point in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will an opportunity for young people to share their perspectives on how to transform the world into a fairer and more sustainable place and reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amidst the continuing crisis. It addresses the theme of ECOSOC and the 2022 UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) on “Building back better from COVID- 19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The forum also reviewed progress in the areas of quality education (SDG4), gender equality (SDG5), life below water (S
Theme; COVID-19 recovery: Youth taking action for a sustainable future”
Since 2012, the Youth Forum has established itself as the largest gathering of young people at the United Nations bringing their views, ideas, solutions, and innovations to policy discussions on issues that matter to them. In that context, the Forum is the platform for young leaders and representatives of youth-led and youth-focused organizations and networks from around the world to engage in a dialogue with the UN Member States and to explore ways and means of promoting youth development and engagement with the view of realizing the SDGs Decade of Action.
- What is the BMZ Project in The Gambia
SOS Children’s Villages the Gambia through Hermann Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland in partnership with Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) has secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation for Development (BMZ) to implement the BMZ Bakoteh Dumpsite project.
The Project is aim at improving Sustainable Waste Management to reduce child’s rights violations, protect children and families in the neighborhood of Bakoteh.
- 3 SOS Children’s Villages participants attend The Woman Boss Gala Award 2022.
The Sisters Show is a Talk Show & Podcast Hosted By Five Siblings With Diverse Views, Different Professions & Vibrant Personalities. Bringing Honest Conversations to Connect African Descendants, to Help Educate, Inspire & Empower each other
The show aims to empower all people but particularly, African descendants by providing tools, and life lessons to be emboldened and well prepared for life in today’s ever-changing landscape.
As a form of empowerment, The Sister’s Show with TSS partnered with CUT N FIT Tailoring and ‘Step In Beauty’ to sponsor 3 SOS Children’s Villages participants who are into technology and entrepreneurship to attend The Woman Boss Award Show. The Woman Boss celebrates Pioneer Women Of Excellence In Gambia; recognizing them through nominations and awards. The event was to highlight the importance of women and girls in technology and entrepreneurship and to create exposure for the girls to meet and chat with other personalities in this field.
Congratulation to the girls and Thank You to the sponsors Cut& Fit Tailoring designed for the beautiful dresses above Thank you Step in Beauty the hair and makeup.
SOS Children’s Villages attaches great importance to ensuring that the young people entrusted to its care are well prepared for the social and economic realities of their world and are empowered to develop their perspectives in life.
- Idea’s Competition! “Sustainable Waste Management to reduce child rights violation at the Bakoteh dumpsite
ADVERTISEMENT FOR IDEA COMPETITION
Project Title: SustainableWaste Management to reduce child rights violation at the Bakoteh dumpsite (BMZ)
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia through Hermann Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland in partnership with Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) has secured funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation for Development (BMZ) to implement the BMZ Bakoteh Dumpsite project. The twenty-six months Project is aim at improving Sustainable Waste Management to protect children and families in the neighborhood of Bakoteh dumpsite from Health and Environmental hazards as well reduce Child Right Violation in and around the dumpsite.
The Bakoteh dumpsite is the largest dumpsite in The Gambia. There is no functioning waste management system and the poor infrastructure in place leads to serious Child Right violations and negative effects for families and communities.
The target outcomes span four areas which shall lead to better solid waste management, improved living conditions for waste pickers and reduction of Child Rights violations in the site. The four components are:
- Improving the infrastructure of the dumpsite;
- build the capacities of 100 individuals from relevant partners (dump site management, government, community);
- strengthen 200 families with a total of 1,000 children (100 from the communities, 100 “waste-pickers” families coming from other communities) through e.g. awareness raising and income-generating activities. In addition, 50 youths (at least 50% female) will be engaged in vocational trainings;
- Engagement of more than 5,000 through mass sensitization by using creative formats (tv, radio, music, arts, sports).
As part of activities in the fourth component namely Awareness raising and Advocacy, The BMZ project at SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia is in the process of implementing an ‘Ideas Competition’ which is geared towards encouraging young people countrywide to share concepts and ideas on Sustainable waste practices
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications are invited from young people and youth groups within the country to take part in an idea’s competition aligned with the theme “Sustainable Waste Management to reduce child rights violation at the Bakoteh dumpsite.”
Applicants are required to develop and submit ideas on how to support in sustainable waste management. The concepts should be in line with solving the problems of indiscriminate waste dumping, waste segregation, waste recycling and “green jobs”, how households can produce less waste, dangers of the dumpsite for children and adults etc. The applicant with the best idea will be selected and trained in the further development of their concepts.
In line with the project terms and conditions, a sum of 1000 Euros will be made available to the successful applicants for the implementation of the ideas. purchases and expenditures in relation to implementing the successful concepts will be made by the project team.
- Individual or youth groups between the ages of 14-35
- Idea most be realistic and environmentally friendly
- Idea must be within budget or show evidence of co-funding ability
- Most be able to defend the idea
- Open to all young people
Application Format: One-page concept or drawing
To apply, please submit your application at the SOS National Office. Applications should be addressed to
The National Director
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia
HG Drive, Bakoteh
The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, 18th May 2022 at 4.30 pm.
For more information, please call +220 2010405/ +220 360 5822
- 60 graduates in Social work, Literacy, Catering , Craft and Sewing
After months of studies couple with the Covid -19 pandemic , on March the 31st 60 students from various field of studies ( Social Work, Literacy and Numeracy, Catering and Hotel Management, Sewing and Crafting), graduated from the SOS Children’s Villages Regional Mother and Adult Training Center – RMATC.
Since its inception, this is the 14th graduation ceremony held at the center and the first since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic
The ceremony was attended by the National Director SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia Jean Pierre Kouamin, Chairperson of the Academic Board Mr. .Bah , The High Commissioner of the Republic of Sierra Leone , Officials from the security sector , Chief Metro of the Edward Francise Small Teaching Hospital, parents and other invited guest.