Some Encouraging Progress!
Paul Ochieng has done a great job with the three trainees who passed their Government Grade 3 Examinations in Carpentry. These youngsters have all opted to stay at the centre to help train the new intake whilst expanding their own practical experience, gaining confidence and improving their own skills in a sheltered environment.
It is possible for them to stay on because of the expansion of the Paluoc workshop through the addition of a second floor which has recently been completed.
They are currently planning on obtaining some power tools; this would make work easier, more interesting, bring trainees up to date, and make it easier to retain trainees. They have also recently been supplied with overalls to help protect their own clothing and make them feel smart and to aim for high standards of work. But you can tell from the photo that many have low self-esteem and are not used to having their photo taken...
Paul is also trying to set up a library area in which they will put teaching materials. There are currently very few books or training materials – but you have to start somewhere and aim high if you are going to be successful!
Having had their first successful trainees, we are hoping that the message will spread, they will find it easier to recruit in future, and the trainees will believe it possible for them to succeed, and earn an income which can help other members of their family too.
Thank you for your interest, support and encouragement.
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