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VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR 200 ZIMBABWEAN ORPHANS

 
$60,968
$14,032
Raised
Remaining

Summary

With virtually no employment available, most young Zimbabweans spend their days hanging out on street corners dreaming, hoping, and planning ways to cross the border to work illegally in South Africa. We have begun a vocational training program for the 200 young people we work with. We currently offer training in woodworking, construction, sewing and computers, as well as resume-writing and job performance.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Zimbabwe currently has 94 percent unemployment, and only those with significant training and skills can create their own work. But schools offer only academic training, and vocational training programs are expensive, well beyond the reach of the poor orphans who we serve.

How will this project solve this problem?

We are filling the enormous gap in free vocational training for the 200 orphans who are our beneficiaries. After a careful survey of precisely what skills are in demand, we began a program to train the youth in all areas of construction, metalwork, woodwork, sewing and computers. We also pay careful attention to training our young people in responsibility, planning, anticipation, and record-keeping.

Potential Long Term Impact

The young people who receive training will have dual possibilities: finding employment or creating their own employment. We expect that those who work on sewing will open small home businesses making school uniforms, which are high demand. Our metalworking trainees are already receiving orders for decorative items for local safari lodges. And we expect parallel results with the other programs so that they will produce livelihoods for themselves and their future families.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $60,968
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,032
Total Funding Goal: $75,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

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Project Leader

Dennis Gaboury

Chair, Board of Trustees
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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