Monday 22nd March, 2004


Giving back to Laventille

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By Kelvin Nancoo

Kwame Kamou is only 24, but this young man has demonstrated that age means little when it comes to helping youths in his community.

Now he’s looking to enhancing the youths through the Care and Respect for Youth (CRY) Foundation, of which he is co-ordinator.

This is not his first adventure into the field of social work. The articulate Kamou has been doing social work for the past six years.

“I am a Laventillean. Though I reside in Bournes Road (St James), I was raised in Laventille. It was here that I inculcated many positive characteristics.

“I learnt to play pan with Desperadoes, I learnt to sing, dance and play music with the community group there, so now I want to give back to the place that gave me joy...Laventille.

“I cannot stand seeing other people suffer, especially children. Therefore, I will do everything to help them.”

Kamou, a first degree black belt and member of the International Federation for World Peace, expressed joy at working with displaced and disadvantaged youths.

He said: “I am compelled to work for the betterment of my country. My hope is to develop the children in the foundation holistically. In this way, they will contribute positively to the growth of the country.

“We need to develop our children academically, spiritually and through sport and culture. Once we do this, everything else will fall in place.

“If we forget one or the other, we will have maladjusted children in our society.”

Kamou speaks fondly of the CRY Foundation, which is responsible for providing care, protection and total development of the children under its care. Kamou is based at the Ivy Williams Youth Centre on Sylbert Street, Laventille, and is on call 24 hours a day.

This centre houses 40 children and caters for the socially dispossessed, orphaned and abused children between the ages of nine to 18.

To help the CRY Foundation, call 688-6724.

If you know any good Samaritans, call the

Guardian at 623-NEWS.

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