WER has funded ‘life skills’ training for orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with Kabwe Adventist Family Health Institute (KAFHI). Many of the children attending the training are orphans.
Over a 12-month period 80 orphans and vulnerable children have received training from the centre. 40 have been trained in carpentry and 40 have received training in tailoring.
The programme is registered with TEVETA (Zambia Technical Education and Vocational Entrepreneurship Authority) under the Examination Council of Zambia. This means that students from the programme will be able to hold recognisable certificates in carpentry and tailoring, which will hopefully increase their chances of employment. Visit our photo gallery to see recent graduates from the programme receive their certificates on graduation day.
KAFHI is now exploring possibilities of setting up cooperatives so that young people can work together to form businesses.
WER funding has enabled additional equipment to be purchased for both of these classes. The tailoring class has been able to purchase 15 new sewing machines and the carpentry class has acquired additional tools. WER has also funded the purchase of protective clothing for the students, such as work shoes, overalls, work gloves and sewing aprons, as well as fire extinguishers to ensure that the students have a safer working environment.
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