STAFFORD'S MP has welcomed a £50million pledge by the Government to secure a safe and prosperous future for war-torn Somalia and is encouraging Stafford's young people to take up a scheme to support some of the world’s poorest countries.
Jeremy Lefroy, a member of the International Development Select Committee, said the package of support would boost the economy, create thousands of jobs and help as the country recovers from 20 years of civil war.
"This is a real commitment to some of the world's poorest people and something everyone in Stafford and across the UK can be proud of," he said.
"As one of the world's richest nations we are right to be supporting some of the world's poorest who suffer at the hand of curable diseases and hunger."
Mr Lefroy said the UK's support would ensure 8,400 children were treated for malnutrition and see 5,300 babies receive life-saving immunisations.
The package of support will see £15million used to boost Somalia's health system - treating malnourished children, immunising babies from deadly diseases like diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus and providing trained childbirth support to pregnant women - £5million on safe water supplies, £5million improving financial services in South Central Somalia and Somaliland and a further £25million to support Somalia's economic recovery plan.
Mr Lefroy also told the Newsletter he was urging young people in Stafford to consider applying for International Citizen Service (ICS), a UK government-funded development programme led by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), bringing 18-25 year olds from across the UK together to make a difference in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“It is an exciting opportunity for young people to personally contribute to something really worthwhile and potentially eye opening whilst developing sought after skills and gaining unique experience,” he said.
“When I was in Freetown, Sierra Leone last month, I was fortunate to meet with Restless Development who are running an ICS project out there and was extremely impressed by the work they were doing and the impact they are making.”
Successful candidates for the scheme spend 10-12 weeks working with local volunteers on community projects in one of 24 countries across Africa, Asia or Latin America.
To apply or find out more about the scheme visit www.volunteerics.org.