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In 2017, Greening Youth Foundation established an office based in the Ikoyi business district of Lagos, Nigeria. The West African headquarters is located in the Regus Mulliner Towers Building.
Since the development of urban areas such as Victoria Garden City, a residential community located along the Lekki-Epe expressway, districts within Lagos have been subject to severe ooding. Despite the comprehensive drainage system, storm water accumulation has been an impending nuance for Lagos.
During heavy downpour, contaminated runoff water gathers at great speeds, while drain speeds have been known to stagnate. This results in the flooding of homes and streets, ultimately restricting the livelihood and economy of Africa’s most populous city.
Greening Youth Foundation’s green infrastructure initiative has developed a program to alleviate storm water flooding in Nigeria and Ghana, all while employing local youth, training them in the areas of conservation, urban agriculture, construction, and more.
Greening Youth Foundation was invited to hold discussions with representatives of the Liberian Government to share expertise on youth training and development projects, and submit a proposal to help engage, recruit, train, and develop Liberian youth into the next generation of natural resource managers. Mike Fynn, then-Vice President of GYF Operations, went to Liberia to meet and hold discussions with the project partners.
During the trip, the GYF delegation met with the management and staff of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), who requested a formal written proposal from GYF after hearing about current and past GYF projects as well as an overview of what GYF could do with youth capacity building in Liberia. Elements of the proposal include a multi-year recruiting, 12-month training, and career placement of 50 Liberian youth.
It was noted that the Government of Norway had signed an agreement with Liberia that set some funding aside for programs including capacity building in conservation and natural resource management. After discussions on the youth development proposal, members of the government promised to lend their support to the proposal in any way they could.
GYF Liberia has since opened up an office in Elwa Community, and has undertaken a pilot project to start an educational garden that will serve as a practical training ground for curriculum activities. Two selected schools, King Farm Public School in Montserrado County and John P. Mitchell Public School in Margibi County, received school gardening materials from the GYF Liberia Youth Corp Project. Greening Youth Foundation is excited about the prospect of helping to develop youth in Liberia into the next generation of conservation and natural resource leaders!
GYF employs a professional staff of historians, sociologists, psychologists, educators, marine biologists, environmental scientists, anthropologists and wilderness experts. GYF’s team is highly specialized and focuses on land acquisition, design and development, greenway and green space project management, community mobilization and outreach. We are dedicated to the preservation of nature’s finite and historical resources. Collectively we have more than 400 years of experience facilitating youth programs that emphasize personal growth through hands-on experience and challenges.