Thanks to your support we are getting closer to our first tool kit shipment. So far we have $3,141 donated and once we have reached $10,000 we will secure a small workspace to collect and sort tool kits. At that time we will then begin to recruit volunteers to help prepare the kits for shipment. Our current plan is to work through training centers in Nicaragua and provide tool kits as requested for their needy graduates.
Many young people have managed to acquire skills from local training centers but have no way of using those skills because they cannot afford to buy tools. We at ASAP believe providing a simple but quality tool kit will change the lives of an entire family.. Usually one person is the provider for a family. That tool kit enables a son or daughter to generate income using those skills. The family will then have money for food, clothing and schooling for the youngsters.
ASAP is developing this project to be similar to ‘Tools For Self Reliance’ in the UK. The difference would be that ASAP’s tools would go to Central America and the Caribbean where their tools go to Africa. They found it impractical to ship to this area from England and thought a new project set up from the US would make more sense.
The one thing that needs to be made clear is that this is not Save the Tools. Yes, tools will be refurbished but they will be the means to the end. In fact, some tools will be brand new. But the reason for the project is to give people a chance to change their lives. A person with skills requires the tools to make use of those skills. These tools will enable an already skilled artisan to use his or her skills to support a family. One goes from unemployed to self-employed.
Thank you for your previous support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project in Zimbabwe. All funds previously received were used for the Vocational Training in Zimbabwe. However, as previously mentioned, the current situation on the ground is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon. It is and will become very difficult to operate and as a precaution, ASAP has retired this project and will re-focus on our vocational project in Nicaragua.
ASAP's new project, Tools for Self Help, will provide volunteer refurbished tool kits to young farmers and artisans in Nicaragua and other Central American countries. We are just now developing the project and looking for a small warehouse to get started. A simple tool kit can make a life changing difference for someone who has learned the skills but cannot afford to buy the tools to actually implement them. We expect to be shipping two containers a month after one year. Please consider helping us get this project off the ground with a generous investment in the start-up.
Thank you for your support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project. As some of you know, the political situation in Zimbabwe is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon. Organizations like ASAP, working to help families survive in the rural areas are being harassed. During the 2008 election all organizations were forced to close and meetings of more than 3 people were not allowed. <http://www.sokwanele.com/map/electionviolence>
The situation in 2012 is again unpredictable and as a precaution, ASAP will change its approach on the ground and only focus on school fees to keep girls in school. These project funds will therefore be redirected to support ASAP’s School Fees for Girls Project. Your understanding and support to help children during this time of great need in Zimbabwe is greatly appreciated.
ASAP’s Vocational Training Project is changing lives by reaching out to many people with skills training they can use to make a living. Up to now, 440 young people (291 females, 149 males) have been provided with vocational skills training in both Nyanga and Mutasa districts, many with your help.
The training has been in sewing, carpentry, bicycle repair and hairdressing. These are skills that these young people can convert into income in their local community.
We thank all of you who have already supported this project. However, we still need more support to train the many more youth who have requested assistance. Please donate generously.
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