Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader

by CPAR Uganda Ltd
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Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Welding apprenticeships for 25 youth in Pader
Hands on at a welding workshop
Hands on at a welding workshop

“After finishing my senior four, I didn’t have the money to continue with my advanced level of education. I decided to branch for a technical school and did a certificate course in welding, but I had a lot of challenges paying my school fees. So, I requested to work in a school’s piggery project as a cleaner while feeding the pigs at the same time. From the work I was doing in the school, I was being paid some little money that helped me to pay some expenses tied to my academics.

I also saved some money and bought with some few welding requirements from which I managed to start up with the business after completing my course. So, at the moment I am doing the welding business and training a few youths in my workshop though am lacking some of the machines in my plant. Meanwhile when my business stabilises, I plan to upgrade to a diploma in welding, however I need financial support to me to fulfil my dreams.”

Testimonies such as these of young people in our region, greater Northern Uganda, are more common than it is reported. There are hundreds of young people wanting to earn an honest living and to better their lot, if only they can get the right technical and equipment support. This is the reason why I am hopeful that our project will be successful in its fundraising so that at least we are able to buy the major machines that we need in order for us to offer young people apprenticeships in welding.

My welding teacher with whom I apprenticed with told me of how the welding business had made it possible for him to progress in life. Just within two years of operating the business, he testified to me, that it had generated income which enabled him to buy a plot of land within his ancestral village; and to build a house on it, a family home. So, welding is a very good business to do, emphasized my teacher. Thank you all who have already made a donation already, you have given us hope that this is a good project. We continue to ask for your support in spreading the word and encouraging others in your networks to donate.

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As an apprentice welder
As an apprentice welder

Last year, when our country was under a total lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I observed how most of the people who were doing salaried jobs were stopped from working by the government. Life became so challenging for those depending only on the salaried jobs they were doing. I saw most of the salary earners sitting home and not working. I sat in my room and I began asking questions: How long will the Covid-19 virus take to disappear? And since there was a total lockdown in my country, how will I survive?

As I was taking a walk around the small town where I was, I observed most of the people doing artisanal based businesses were doing their work in the midst of the pandemic. They were working and were able to provide the basic needs of their family in the amidst of the pandemic. One morning, I inquired from some of my friends on who will easily train me. I thank God that they directed me to a young adult owning and managing his welding plant. When I went to the welding plant and expressed my interest in joining a welding training class, I was warmly welcomed.

The first day l reported for training, I was asked what level of education I had reached and I said: "I am a university graduate, a degree holder, who is interested in learning the life skill of welding." This was a great shock to my trainer. He replied to me: “You are a graduate and I am only a Senior Four (secondary school) dropout, how will I manage to teach you since you are of a high education level than me?” I replied: “Here you are my teacher, and at the same time you are my boss, and also my trainer, and I am your student.” The trainer laughed and said to me: “You are very true.”

My teacher then cautioned me: “Here is not a school, but it is where we do practical work. The good thing with this training is that you earn money as you learn.” He then tested me. I started by being sent to carry welding equipment and tools that were outside to bring them in the store room, which I did. As I kept coming and availing myself for training, my mentor began to be very free with me.

I share my testimony of how I became a welder, because I want to inspire other young people from disadvantaged communities not to feel like they have failed in life if they are unable to get 'white-collar' jobs. I want them to appreciate that they can make sustainable livelihoods from artisanal work. This is something I would not have thought about before I joined the CPAR Uganda Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators Agaist Poverty project.

The CPAR Uganda mentoring programme has opened my eyes and I want to do more in facilitating processes that will bring positive change to our disadvantaged communities. I am happy that when I approached our mentor, the CPAR Uganda Managing Director, with my desire to establish a welding plant in order to mentor other young people, she welcomed the idea. And CPAR Uganda has already allowed me the use of one of its centres - building and land - to transform into an artisanal centre, under the mentorship of our Managing Director; and for this support in kind I am grateful.

I am also grateful to all those who have already made a financial donation in support of equipping me with the necessary machines and materials that I need to start a welding plant through which I will provide apprenticeships to youths of a disadvantaged community to gain life skills in welding. I ask others to please donate to this noble cause; a sure way in which to fight poverty at household level in rural Uganda. Thank you.

CPAR Uganda Pader Centre will host this project
CPAR Uganda Pader Centre will host this project
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Location: Entebbe - Uganda
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Jimmy Ezra
Entebbe, Uganda
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