Decades of war and unrest have brought total destruction of the Afghan economy. The educational system, integral to recovery, is badly disrupted. Youth (boys and girls) between the ages of 18-24, without formal education, are unable to support their families or contribute to reconstruction of their homeland. Rebuilding Alliance partners with Pohana (Knowledge) Institute to offer vocational training to youth as electricians, masons, auto mechanics, carpenters, plumbers, welders and machinists.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Vocational training is critical for Afghans who need to support their families in a post-war environment. There must be a clear path to market for their skills and to sustainable jobs. Pohana, an Afghan NGO, has worked for twenty years providing technical and vocational education in Helmand Province. They seek to extend their work providing vocational education to boys and young men, aged 12-24. This work is critical to rebuilding the Afghan nation, through our partnership and your support.
How will this project solve this problem?
We start in villages, drawing upon village elders and shoras (councils), to identify needy families with smart sons. Trainees will work as a group in mini-centers to analyze local markets and select their skills and work goals. Village-based construction projects will provide work-place experience and hands-on training. Your support will provide each mini-center with training, equipment & supplies for a 6-month apprenticeship and 6-months of support for early employment efforts.
Potential Long Term Impact
After thirty years of war, this generation of young people must not be lost. The dignity of training and productive work for young men is an essential first step in rebuilding Afghanistan. There is certainly much construction and reconstruction to be done.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,292
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $34,708
Total Funding Goal: $36,000