Skills For My Future – Year 1

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$24,500 $24,500
Project Code: COD-HKC-SFF-P01


This project will provide training in sewing and joinery for 30 young participants living with disabilities from very poor families. It will provide training for young people to learn a skill which will enable them to help support themselves financially and participate in a society where disability means rejection at every social level. It will also teach good social interaction skills. The one-year program will consist of skills training together with a reintegration kit for each graduate. This includes materials needed to continue their trade. 

Why support this: 

DR Congo faces many challenges. It continues to be ravaged by war, militia, corrupt governments and inadequate systems. Young people living with disabilities often fall through the gaps and community networks with no support and usually end up begging on the streets. Opportunities to make a living are virtually nil. We appreciate the work of this Centre – the only one of its kind – which has a solid track record, having been established in 1979. It provides skills and opportunities for those shunned by the rest of society. Vocational training forms one part of the Centre’s network of services for those with disabilities, providing hope, training, support and a future. 

Budget:  $23,000 for the first year

The budget covers skills training together with some business training and a kit with the materials needed to continue the trade once the training has finished. 

Expected Life Change: 

  • Reduced begging and a means to support themselves 
  • Development of self-esteem, confidence and dignity to work with others and in a community 
  • Improved health due to better food security 
  • Increase in school/education attendance leading to skill development.


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