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Inspiring Youth to better their communities

DOTYouth Tairu Kujabi founded YES Africa Foundation. With the help of a local board, Tairu set up YES Africa in memory of his father, a remarkable Gambian, Salifu Kujabi. Salifu dedicated his life to the service, inspiration, and support of the young people both in The Gambia and across Africa. Tairu is taking this vision forward to support young people to develop sustainable livelihoods where they live and for their communities to be a place for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive and hence contribute to the development of their communities.

In July 2022, DOT UK worked with Tairu and YES Africa, alongside the Rangoonwala Foundation, who over 2 weeks brought communities together from Serrekunda (near the capital Banjul) and Penyem (central to seven villages) for a two week youth engagement program, ‘Inspire Back Home”. The project centered around the critical problem of youth migration to Europe.

The ‘Inspire Back Home” project was in direct response to loss of talent the Gambia faces due to the lack of local employment and skills training opportunities. The alarming number of dispersed youth has led to national stress, increased poverty, food insecurity, increased drug abuse and deviant behaviour which all threatens the peace, stability and development of the nation. Youth have insufficient engagement with the government and communities. The answer for most is to venture on dangerous journeys to Europe with the hope their lives and that of their families they left behind will change on arrival to a European country.

The ‘Inspire Back Home” project addressed this head on through three main activities:

Summarising the week, Tairu Kujabi, Executive Officer YES Africa, said, “The Inspire back home project though a small scale project has inspired a lot of youths and has given them the zeal to get up and acquire more skills to develop themselves.”

Keep an eye out for YES Africa’s next steps. Having spoken to youth and working alongside them to build solutions to their communities’ problems, we’re confident they’ll create some serious impact.