CUSO INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES NEW YOUTH PROJECT IN NIGERIA

Thu, 2014-07-31 (All day)

Thursday July 31, 2014

Ottawa, Canada–Cuso International has launched the Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project that will help increase job opportunities and promote entrepreneurship among young people living in the Cross River State, Nigeria.

 
“We are very pleased to be working with Nigerian partners at this crucial time in its history,” says Derek G. Evans, Cuso International Chief Executive. 
 
The YouLead project will promote job creation by supporting growth in the small business sector, and providing skills training for young workers and tools for young adult entrepreneurs.
 
“The project matches experienced Nigerian and Canadian professionals from a wide variety of sectors such as agriculture, aquaculture, forestry and eco-tourism with Nigerian youth,” says Kenna Owoh, Cuso International Program Development Advisor, in Nigeria. 
 
YouLead project is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to promoting sustainable economic growth in Nigeria to generate long-term, well-being for all Nigerians. The $15.25 million dollar program will last 5 years and is made possible by generous support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
 
In 2013-2014, more than 540 Cuso International volunteers worked with 302 local partners in 32 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to reduce poverty and inequality. Since 1961, Cuso International has deployed more than 16,000 skilled professionals throughout 33 countries as volunteers. With the support of our partners, funders and alumni Cuso International continues to change lives.
 
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For further information, please contact:
 
Jennifer Lavoie, Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tel: 613. 829-7445 Ext.252/email: jennifer.lavoie@cusointernational.org