In the Tombura area as in many parts of South Sudan, tradespeople are hard to find. With decades of war now behind them, the reality is evident that there is a serious shortage of trained men and women. Through a small donation of woodworking hand tools we can see what can happen. Two instructors teach others the craft while producing saleable items like tables, chairs and beds. These items are all pre-ordered and upon pick-up and payment, more wood is purchased and a small amount is paid to the builders. We see great potential in the trades as an opportunity to teach necessary skills to many, while paying for the cost of the program through the sale of the items produced. We see so much opportunity here that we believe profits can be used to help fund other non-lucrative but important programs under the YDA umbrella, like helping the orphanage.
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Twenty women graduated from our sewing program which was sponsored by a women’s group.
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