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Skills for Youth in Rural Areas (96603)

Nigeria is home to about 75 million children ages 14 and under, most of whom still live in villages and towns. Having completed school, there is no employment. They may work on the family farm for “growing season,” but the rest of the time is spent hanging out under the mango tree or drifting into urban centers where crime, poverty, exploitation and many temptations await them. For girls, early marriage is often the only perceived course in life.

The Skills for Youth in Rural Areas (SYRA) initiative aims to come alongside youth in Miango, Rigweland, Nigeria, before Christian principles are compromised. It offers income-generating training, practical living skills and discipleship. The SYRA project also addresses food security and local environmental challenges through initiatives in livestock feed formulation, rabbit farming, poultry, cockerel exchange program, fuel efficient cooking stoves, improved seed, and plant nurseries. Integrated seamlessly with all of this is friendship evangelism and discipleship of youth.

The vision is to see these youth sustain themselves economically and flourish spiritually in their villages, becoming models of change for others.

Please Pray

  • The souls of men are so dear to God. Pray that SYRA will sensitive to opportunities to draw people to the saving Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom as SYRA develops components at the model center which will be used for training.
  • Pray for the stability of Nigeria so that the gospel could be preached.

If you would like to partner financially with the work of SYRA, please contact your nearest SIM office or give online to project 99603. Thank you and God bless!



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