THE Ba Provincial Youth Council hopes to raise $40,000 for its operational costs at a youth festival planned for September 10-13.
This is after the youth council stopped receiving funding two years ago from the provincial council.
"We have been struggling since our annual budgets were stopped," said youth council president Jone Baravilala.
"Our operational cost every year is about $40,000 but after the funding was stopped, we have been unable to carry out our work efficiently.
"That is why we need the Ba Provincial Youth Festival in order to raise funds for our office.
"We need to keep the office running because we generally cater for all the youths in the province.
"We facilitate initiatives and employment opportunities for our youths and self-help projects initiated by NGOs."
He said the difficulties faced by the council over the past two years were immense.
"We have a full time employee who works for the youth council but after funding was stopped, we haven't been able to pay our staff their salary."