Makandura Village Projects (MVP) was set up as a practical
response to child poverty. Many children who have missed out
on much of their schooling in their early years, due to conflict/displacement/poverty
adapt quickly and thrive academically. Others do not do so
well academically and do not enjoy school. These youngsters
are unemployed and unemployable and so they cannot enrol in
government training colleges.
MVP builds self-esteem and values each youngster's individual
plan to achieve financial independence. As a result of MVP's
ongoing consultation process, many youngsters have been able
to make it very clear that they do not want to continue with
their studies, but would prefer to be trained in marketable
skills, move out of MVP and begin their own independent lives.
Some of the youngsters who fall into this group have gained
many practical skills and have already been working to contribute
to their family incomes for many years.
MVP identified the needs of the local community, so that
the training implemented would lead to acquisition of marketable
skills. There is a demand in the community for skills in professional
Vehicle Engineering and Commercial and Domestic Sewing plus
casual training for boys in the children's centre in carpentry,
construction and agricultural development. New courses, including
computer and office skills training will be added and sited
in renovated and extended workshops.
Trainees are males and females from 14 to 21, from the MVP
Children's Centres, from the war zones or from the poorest
social sector. They receive a small allowance during their
Trainees help defray MVP costs and get practical experience
by supervised working during training for the benefit of the
project and community; e.g., helping to construct new project
buildings, making project furniture, sewing school uniforms,
costumes, and clothes for resident kids, repairing project
vehicle and engines. All the young people who trained have
found well-paid work or are earning a good living, working
Girls and young women in particular benefit from training.
They can then find work in nearby clothing factories or can
earn money by sewing for their neighbours.