What changes can you see in three months time?
For REACH students, three months means transforming from being unconfident to confident, from unskilled to skilled, and from hopeless to hopeful. For REACH facilitators, three months means getting to know many disadvantaged youth coming from different walks of life, guiding them and building their self-esteem. However, the relationship between REACH facilitators and their students never stop after 3 months, when they graduated. It is a on-going process. As soon as the teaching job finishes, another responsibility comes up: job placement for students.
Finding jobs is hard. It is required effort from both facilitators and students. Before official statistic about students job placement comes in, let's meet some of REACH students, who have made a turning point in their life.
Thuan - Study Hairdress and Makeup
Thuan is from Thai Binh, a countryside 110 kilometers away from Hanoi. Thuan’s parents are farmers. Having 2 siblings, Thuan is the youngest.
Thuan got to know about REACH when she was riding her bike looking for a job with an empty stomach. She had not eaten anything for the past 2 days. Although her application was 2 weeks late, she was still accepted to study Hairdressing and Makeup at REACH. Thuan always tried her best while studying at REACH.
In the evening, Thuan sold ice tea around the National Stadium area to earn some money for accommodation in Hanoi. There was a time policemen confiscated all of her plastic chairs for selling ice tea on pavement without permission. Many difficulties as Thuan faced everyday, she had never asked for financial support from her parents since her left her hometown.
After finishing her training at REACH, Thuan found a job in a Hair salon on Hang Be street. Now she has a sustainable income of more than $200 per month.
Huyen - Study Nail Painting
Huyen's parents are farmers. Because of family's difficulty, Huyen dropt out of school when she was in grade 10. Living in suburb area of Hanoi, Huyen travels about 50 kilometers each day to study Nail Painting at REACH. She wakes up at 5.30 every morning to catch early bus to REACH. Now Huyen has nearly finished her training. She has found herself a nail painting job at a local hair salon.
Ba - study Food and Beverage
Ba's parents are farmers from Thanh Hoa. His family is listed as poor household according to Vietnamese Government criteria. Ba has one older brother, whose left arm is disable. Ba himself lost one finger when he was just a small boy. When Ba was studying at REACH, it was winter. His facilitator can remember him so well because he did not have warm clothes to wear.
After his graduation, REACH helped Ba to find a job in a restaurant with monthly salary of nearly $150 together with free meals.
Its hard to believe that next week 20 disadvantaged young women in Vietnam, supported by Global Giving donors, will have finished their 12 weeks intensive vocational training at REACH. Some are graduating from hospitality / food and beverage or sales and marketing, while others from the hairdressing and makeup course. The web and graphic design students have another three weeks to go. All the graduates, with REACH’s support, are actively seeking jobs.
REACH introduces them to employers such as local restaurants and hotels, hairdressing salons and supermarkets. REACH also makes sure that they have the best chance of gaining a good job by thorough job readiness training. This includes a health check so that employers can be assured of the good health of REACH candidates. We also make sure that every graduate has up-to-date and comprehensive CV. Job interview training is also a must. That’s why over 80% of our graduates end up in good jobs within a few weeks of completing their training.
These 20 young women are among the 400+ students who will graduate from REACH centres in March 2013. REACH will continue supporting these 20 young women for a further 6 months. We will keep introducing them to potential employers until they get a job. Our staff will also visit them in their workplace and have regular telephone contact with them and their employers to make sure they settle into their new jobs.
We couldn’t do this without your support and these disadvantaged young women are getting a good job because of your generosity. Why not support us to help another 20 disadvantaged young people in Vietnam get a job?
Dear REACH Supporters,20 Disadvantaged young women have commenced their training as part of a group of 78 young people who commenced vocational training at REACH Hanoi Centre on 5 December 2012. Because of your generosity, these young women are students in the following courses:
The students come from many different backgrounds including street youth, school dropouts, unemployed secondary school graduates, disadvantaged youth from ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities.
Week one of their training was about introductions and some basic life skills such as time management, personal organisation and team work. Learning through games and enjoyable activities was a big part of this week. Technical training commenced in Week two, as did basic conversational English. We will continue to provide you with periodic updates on their progress at REACH over the next 12 weeks.
We hope you enjoy these photos of the students in their first two weeks. If you would like to see more photos of our students please visit the REACH Facebook page or subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we help disadvantaged young people in Vietnam get jobs.
You will be pleased to know that our recruitment activities are going well and we already have over 80 students who have applied to commence studying at REACH in Hanoi on 5 December 2012. Among these are 20 disadvantaged young women who will have gained a place in the REACH vocational training program because of your generous support.
In fact, we have been so encouraged by your generosity that we have set a new goal to raise $20,000. With every additional $10,000 raised REACH will help another 20 disadvantaged Vietnamese young people - from poor families / trafficked women / victims of domestic violence - find jobs by providing 12 weeks of intensive vocational training & 6 months post-course support.
And what a great time now to be embarking on a more ambitious target as during December 2012, Global Giving is offering 100% matching for all recurring donations. This means if you make a recurring donation commitment of $10 per month, REACH will receive $20 – enough to pay for a REACH uniform and suitable clothing for a job interview for 2 students.
We hope you enjoy these pictures of some of the young women who came for student interviews recently for places in the Hanoi vocational training courses commencing 5 December 2012.We will have a further report when these 20 young women commence their training.
We are making great progress at REACH implementing our project to help 20 disadvantaged young women in Vietnam get a job.
During November 2012 we have been carrying out student recruitment activities across Hanoi and surrounding districts, including on-line advertising, press advertisements, publicising REACH courses through social media, visits to local Communes, current and past students handing out leaflets at bus stations, market places, and other locations where disadvantaged young people are likely to be. This will culminate with assessment interviews of prospective students at the REACH centre in Hanoi on 25 November.
The new students will commence their vocational training courses in Hanoi on 5 December, and thanks to your support, there will be places for 20 disadvantaged young women on these courses. Students will be able to choose to undertake a 15 week program in one of the following areas: Sales & Marketing; Web & Graphic Design, Food & Beverage, Nail Art and Personal Grooming.
In our next report we will give you an update on how many female and male students we are training in these courses, as well as their progress in the first month of training. We will also share some stories from the female students that you have so generously supported.
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