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Danish Youth Organisation Supports Youths in Sierra Leone

Danish Youth Organisation Supports Youths in Sierra Leone

In December 2012 IBIS, a non-profit, Danish non-governmental organisation that works at global, national and local levels to support equal access to education, influence and resources for both men and women through advocacy in Africa and Latin America, competed with other Danish NGO’s to partner with the Danish youth organisation ‘Operation Day’s Work’ in 2013 to receive funding of roughly 1 million US dollars.   “In IBIS’ case the money was for a project in Sierra Leone.  And IBIS won,” stated Mikkel Rytter Poulsen, regional communications advisor for the Danish NGO IBIS covering Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana, in an interview with Sierra Express Media.

The project is called ‘Raw Diamonds – Sharp Tongues’ and its aim is to increase the awareness of young Sierra Leoneans in Kono about the way the mining industry works, what national laws say about revenues, and how they can claim a fair piece of the pie for themselves and the communities they live in and who are affected by the mining industry.

A group of volunteers visited Sierra Leone in late January/early February 2013.  During their visit they met local partner organisations and got to see mines and mining communities first hand.  The visit left the volunteers from ODW with no doubt that the IBIS project has great potential.  (Read more … http://bit.ly/WheQUr)

In 2013 Operation Day’s Work (ODW) will focus on Sierra Leone and the extractive industries and will develop and distribute text books and materials about Sierra Leone in all Danish high schools.   Operation Day’s Work raises money from Danish high school students who donate a day to work instead of going to school – this concept is what has given the organisation its name: A Day’s Work.

The money the students earn on that day is given to Operation Day’s Work which in turn sends the money to its partner organisation that year.  The money that ODW will raise in November 2013 will go to IBIS in Sierra Leone and the local partner organisations and will fund the project from 2014 to 2017.  ODW stays in touch with projects it has funded until the end of the project period.  Read more: http://www.od.dk/about-international

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