Chevron, YAI Sign Agreement…To Empower Liberian Artists

Youth Action International (YAI) and Chevron Liberia yesterday signed a grant agreement intended to empower Liberian artists in the country.

Accordingly, the agreement would set-up the Liberian Center for Arts, Crafts and Culture that will help in the preservation of Liberian Culture artifacts, music and movie.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, YAI’s Executive Director, Dr. Kemmie Weeks noted that Chevron Liberia and Youth Action International have been collaborating  in the area of women empowerment, vocational training and disclosed that the largest program is benefiting 3,500 women.

Mr. Weeks who also runs an entertainment company said this latest collaboration is intended to provide a state of the art recording studio which will be involved in the production of Liberian songs and movies.  Mr. Weeks said the project will also be beneficial to the country as it will be used to preserve Liberian culture.

Mr. Weeks further noted that the project is valued at US$150,000 for which the YAI will be seeking partnership from other donors with Chevron Liberia being the first to come to the aid of the project.

Also speaking at the Program, the Country Manager of Chevron Liberia, Mr. Karl Cottrel, said Chevron is proud to be associated with Youth Action International and noted that the project will help in the promotion and the spreading of Liberian Culture.

He noted that the preservation of Liberian Culture will help the World to understand and expose itself to Liberian Culture.

He expressed the hope that young people who will benefit will contribute in a meaningful way to the development of the country by being productive citizens of Liberia.

The grant Agreement signed between YAI and Chevron Liberia is valued at US$25,000.

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