Carpentry training for youth

  •  January 28, 2022
  • By: Evan MacAlpine
A teen boy stands outside a cinderblock building.
Funding required: $26,000

Beneficiaries: 63 Compassion-assisted students

Completion date: September 2022

Country: Tanzania

Executive summary

Children and youth in Daudi, Tanzania, face a bleak future. Most adults are unemployed, while some scrape together a living as subsistence farmers, earning as little as 50 cents per day. While there are schools in the community, very few students complete secondary school. Those who do can’t get good jobs without higher education, but families living in poverty just can’t afford the fees.

Staff at the ELCT Daudi Compassion centre are concerned about their older youth, many of whom will soon graduate from the sponsorship program and no longer be eligible for financial support. In fact, 98 per cent of their beneficiaries are in this age group. Without some form of continuing education, the situation for these students will quickly become dire. Some will find low-paying jobs and suffer exploitation and abuse. Others fall into a life of crime and gangs. Girls who drop out of school are also at risk of early pregnancy, and two out of every five girls will end up married before age 18.

The church in Daudi faces a pressing need to help these students transition into adulthood successfully. While the government is expanding jobs in telecommunications and other formal sectors, these opportunities require expensive technical training and are still very scarce. In order to break free from poverty and build a better future, these young men and women desperately need to learn practical vocational skills so they can start earning an income as quickly as possible.

Already, 63 students at the centre have shown an interest in learning carpentry. Local vocational training institutes are privately owned and have very high fees, so the church pulled together their own resources to establish a small carpentry workshop. However, with limited space and finances, staff cannot currently accommodate all of the students who have shown interest in this activity. After purchasing a piece of land adjacent to their existing facility, the church hopes to construct a larger workshop and provide carpentry training to all 63 interested students. But they can’t do it on their own.

Did you know?

Each year in Tanzania, an estimated 700,000 graduates enter the job market but only 5.7 per cent are able to find work in the formal sector.

Summary

Background

Vocational skills training is key to helping many young people break free from the destructive cycle of poverty. However, for many of the students Compassion is serving in Tanzania, the cost of any kind of further education is beyond their reach. In Daudi, a community southwest of the city of Arusha, most adults are either unemployed or work as subsistence farmers, earning about $12 a month. Families living in poverty simply can’t afford to provide their children with training that could help them get decent jobs. Without skills training, students will end up repeating the cycle of poverty of their parents. Staff at the ELCT Daudi Compassion centre want to change this.

With 98 per cent of their beneficiaries approaching completion of the sponsorship program, the church knows they face an imminent need to equip students with income-generating skills. In response to this need, they have already started a small carpentry workshop. The church has purchased land near their existing building with the hopes of constructing an expanded facility and better equipment, so they can accommodate all interested students. With technical and vocational training youth can be empowered with soft and hard skills needed for them to live productive lives.

The need

Compassion’s frontline church partner in Daudi, Tanzania, is ministering to children and youth to see them delivered from poverty in Jesus’ name. Out of the centre’s 243 beneficiaries, 221 are high school or college age. These students are nearing graduation from the sponsorship program, which means they will no longer have access to financial support from the centre. There is an imminent need to provide vocational training for students before they graduate, so that they can become economically self-sustaining as quickly as possible and avoid repeating the cycle of poverty.

You can help provide a new, expanded carpentry workshop for the ELCT Daudi Compassion centre to accommodate 63 interested students. Participants will learn basic carpentry skills, which will enable them to earn income in the future. The workshop will also focus on producing items that can be sold in the community to generate revenue for the centre, feeding resources back into the program.

What your gift will do

Your support will provide building materials for a carpentry workshop in Daudi, Tanzania, including:

  • Foundation: aggregate, sand, cement, stones, concrete
  • Walls and ring beam: blocks, sand, cement, aggregates, binding wire and reinforcement
  • Roof: timber, fisherboard, nails, resin coat, roof sheets, wire
  • 3 doors and 2 windows
  • Internal and external plaster
  • Paint
  • Electrical installation
  • Wood spindle machine
  • Labour
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Logistics

  • Local contribution: US$3,197.68
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Tanzania will ensure that this intervention remains within budget.
  • Follow-up: The church will report regularly to Compassion’s National Office with updates on this initiative.