Paluoc carpentry training workshop, built in 2010/11 with help from HANDS AROUND THE WORLD, offers training to very disadvantaged young people in Kisumu, Kenya. These include street children; many have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The first four trainees started recently and the centre has ambitious plans to increase this number when the necessary tools and funds become available.
The aim is to provide hope, encouragement, a means of employment - a way out of poverty for them and their families.
There are many children and teenagers on the streets of Kisumu sniffing glue to ease the pain. It is a truly tragic and distressing sight. Most of these are vulnerable and at risk as a result of HIV affecting their families. Many are orphans who have dropped out of school and had no training for life or employment. Their self esteem is very low and their prospects without outside help are very poor. Many of these young lives are at risk.
Training will provide meaning and bring structure into their lives. The centre will also act as a source of support and help. Carpentry is a very useful skill and a source of income for the future, not just for themselves but for their families. Theoretical training includes teaching basic numeracy and literacy skills; the whole leads to a nationally recognized qualification, some business skills and a small starter toolkit. Figures quoted will cover the next 12 months.
The project will help many young people to find employment and enable them to become self-sufficient, supporting both themselves and their families. This provides huge encouragement and greatly lifts their morale. With sufficient funding, we hope to be able to extend the project to offer training in other disciplines and to more young people in the future.
Paul is a very good carpenter, a very good teacher, and a very kind man - Rashid Otieno, Former trainee
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,059
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $915
Total Funding Goal: $1,974