MUHANGA-Youth from Muhanga and Kamonyi districts have been challenged to come up with innovative projects to fight poverty.
The call was made by, Joseph Sebahire, an official from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at the end of a week-long youth training on micro-project management last Friday.
"Job creation is needed among the youth to ensure that their energy is used profitably - to earn a living," Sebahire said.
Over 60 youth acquired skills in project planning, management, marketing and resource mobilisation.
The training was sponsored by the newly launched ADRA 'Youth for Unity' project-a youth economic empowerment project.
The project will help youth in the two districts to engage in economic development and enhance capacity to engage actively in the peace and reconciliation processes by 2013.
The Rwf90million project will run for two years. It is set to benefit over 700 youth in 12 sectors.
Osée Ndahiro, the project coordinator, said that the essence of the project is to ensure that the youth become key players in the unity and reconciliation efforts through development.
"The aim is to empower the beneficiaries economically through agriculture activities, so that they become active players in the economic development of their communities and are dynamic participants in the ongoing reconciliation processes," Ndahiro said.
The district youth representative, Innocent Gashugi disclosed that there are government funds available to finance such creative and innovative youth projects.
“The government wants to empower youth since we are the future of this nation. Let’s use the funds profitably so as contribute to development, social transformation and unity for a better future” Gashugi said.
The trainees also made a commitment to start profit oriented businesses and projects in their respective communities.
Saidat Kankundiye, one of the trainees said: "the training is a wake-up call in doing business. Some of us have been doing businesses but lacked basic managerial and planning skills."