Reports reaching this medium have confirmed that Youth Activist Herbert BiCool Bangura has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) to serve as the Regional Project Director for a Campaign that is targeted at putting youth at the front to fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed the lives of many within Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia. Since the outbreak of the deadly virus which was first discovered in Guinea and spreading to Sierra Leone & Liberia, the citizens of these countries have continue living in fear and one cannot disagree with the facts that the most at risk people within these Countries are the youth that accounts for 78% of the population, and they mostly marginalized with no option than to compete for the very little available resources out of poverty in unhealthy conditions. Meanwhile, according to AID, the project is not going to be limited to just the affected Countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia & Guinea but will also include Ivory Coast as it shares common borders with the affected countries.
According to the President of AID & Curator of the STOP Ebola Campaign, Mr. Sylvanus Murray, he emphasized that this is a very challenging time for the Continent and more so the youth who are vulnerably involved in many activities in search of livelihood. However, he went further to state that: “The appointment of Herbert Bangura to lead the Regional campaign was based on the fact the he has been an ardent Youth Activist with over five years practical experience in conceptualizing and facilitation of youth leadership and empowerment programs with youth-led, non-governmental, governmental and academic organizations within the Mano River Union Sub-region, and possesses cross-cultural communication skills which we are optimistic would bring value to the project”.
In an interview with Mr. Bangura on his appointment, he said that: “this is no time for Politics because this is about us the young people and we must together get lost in the service of our common humanity as it is a great way to find ourselves”. He continued by saying: “in the coming weeks, months and years, I look forward to working with fearless and passionate young leaders who believe in our ability to saving our families, friends, loved ones and neighbours from this deadly Ebola virus that is posing a serious threat to our existence”.
Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of Washington, U.S.A to Support Development in Africa and have been rendering services for the holistic development of people and communities in Africa by promoting equal access to opportunities regardless of gender, tribe or race, with focus on Women, Youth and Children as it’s main targets because of the many challenging issues surrounding their growth and development, especially in Africa.
The Campaign is expected to attract individual, government and non-governmental organizations to collaborate for a successful campaign.