Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
The founder of this project, Alfred C. Kargbo, Jr., is a Liberian and also the Executive Director of the National Youth Action, Inc. I have been engaged with youth related work since my return from exile in the Ivory Coast in 1998. I have seen the post-crisis effect on Liberia's youthful population which has inspired me to form a NGO to address some of the post-crisis issues affecting the Liberian youth.
Indeed I was inspire to start this project when I visited Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and came across a young girl, aged 15 who was looking for cash in exchange for sex (this incident took place at a hotel where I was lodging at about 5:00 p.m.-very shocking and painful because this girl could be my sister). I personally tried to interview this young girl who told me that she had just lost he mother' as the only parent and was now staying with her aunty-aged 30, who was also a sex worker. This aunty had told her niece that they all have to bring in daily food money (cash) in order to survive.
I have since met the aunty and am providing a monthly subsistence allowance of US $250.00 to cover up living cost. The young niece is also attending a school (beneficiary of NAYA scholarship) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and doing very well-she will be passing to the Fourth Grade by June 2011.