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It is inspiring to consider the difference Workaid has made to the lives of so many people in Africa and the UK.
At Workaid we support projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. In Zambia for example we worked alongside the Zambian Government as they wanted to link with our charity in two key areas:
- Harnessing the potential of Zambia’s disaffected youth (approx. 80% of the population are young people)
- Introducing skills training for prisoners and ex-offenders with a view to reducing re-offending.
The Government is currently building Youth Resource Centres (YRCs) to provide training for street children, the uneducated and those who have failed to complete their education. Their success is dependent on stakeholders such as Workaid contributing some of the necessary tools for training. Lusaka YRC and Chiyota YRC have recently received a quota of tools from Workaid. Lusaka is the more established centre and is effectively seeing 600 youngsters qualifying per year; 50% gain employment and the rest are supported in setting up in business.
In the UK
Workaid supplies tools and equipment to projects in the UK helping people to engage in practical skills training. Work includes supplying The Princes’ Trust with tool kits for individuals who have successfully completed vocational training, enabling them to put their new skills into practice.
Corporate volunteers from companies as diverse as GSK (seen here), GE Healthcare and MARKIT regularly give their time to help at Workaid and develop team bonding while giving to a good cause and having a totally different day off from “work”!
Students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards often come during the summer months, but we can accommodate them throughout the year too.
Student classes also come from local schools such as Stony Dean, Elmtree and St Dominics. They enjoy the varied projects they are able to tackle, learning about the work the charity does and it’s always useful to get something on their CVs.
We have also pioneered a new project at our Buckinghamshire-based workshop to provide occupational training and therapeutic activities for people with learning disabilities. It’s called the Workaid Hub. Find out more here
Isaac lost both his parents to HIV/Aids when he was very young and went to live with his grandmother. Although he completed primary school he had to drop out of secondary education after Grade 9 as they couldn’t afford it.
When he was 20 years old he heard about SCIM Brothers Trade School near Iringa, applied and was awarded sponsorship to study for a Trade Certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics.
On completion of his 3 year training course, Isaac said…
“I am now confident that I will be able to gain employment and make a better life for myself”.
The Naomi Fellowship
In Zambia, Workaid is currently focused in the Archdiocese of Lusaka. The aim is always to support “vulnerable but viable” projects such as care based organisations, which spring up from grass roots. They include widows, orphans and victims of HIV/Aids and often there is no income or financial support.
The Naomi Fellowship is such an example where Workaid has donated sewing and knitting machines to this group of 10 women who position themselves at various stands in the market where they both work and sell their goods. They share the machines and pool their income to provide education for their children.