The summer holidays are over and our project helping orphanage-leavers prepare for adult life got started up again at the beginning of this month.
Over the summer, several of the young people undertook work placements organised by their college. Some of them have been given part-time jobs at the end of the summer, which they will have to do alongside their studies. One young man will be doing one shift a week at the local bread factory.
Orphanage-leavers find it difficult to settle in a job. They often decide that they don't like what they trained in, and start a new course at the college rather than leave and find work. The technical college and the students' hostel are very familiar, almost like the orphanage. The workplace is scary and unfamiliar and the young people find it difficult to cope with new people, new routines and independent living.
The group will meet specially on Saturdays to help those who are working and studying at the same time to help them with these difficulties. They will continue to meet during the week also.
We wish all our orphanage-leavers well, and thank you for helping this project continue.
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