Freetown, 24 December, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has been selected as the implementing partner of a project by the Healey International Relief Foundation (HealeyIRF), a development agency that seeks to improve health access in the West African country.
Announcing the new collaboration on November 18 at a press conference, Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Caritas Freetown Programs Manager and In Country Manager for HealeyIRF Sierra Leone said that the foundation had been awarded a United States Agency International Development (USAID) grant through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program to support its work in Sierra Leone.
He said that in the new Innovate Your Future Project, Caritas Freetown would ensure that young people are equipped with innovative skills to start thinking about solving health challenges in the country.
"HealeyIRF will partner with Caritas Freetown to implement the Innovate Your Future Project. The project will focus on reaching at-risk youth in Sierra Leone and demonstrating to them how the values of teamwork, science, and innovation can help solve economic and healthcare challenges," Mr. Ishmeal said.
He added, "Sierra Leone has a very young population with nearly 25 percent of the population between the ages of 10-19."