Boys celebrate as they successfully finish their apprenticeship as tailors
"This is my first ever certificate!"
That was the gleeful cry of Abdul Maroof as he clutched his certificate, proving he had successfully completed his training as a tailor. Abdul Maroof grew up in an orphanage. Being without a family is a painful loss for any child, wherever they live in the world. But in Afghanistan it also means that as an orphan you have almost no chance of being able to train for a job. Normally a son would learn his father’s trade. But if the father is no longer there, he learns no trade at all.
One of our co-workers in Faizabad, northeastern Afghanistan, has a heart particularly for the orphans in the area and so decided to set up this project. 16 boys signed up to be trained as tailors, eight of them have now finished the basic training and are moving on to the advanced course.
The basic apprenticeship includes additional training provided by two teachers from the Institute for Leadership Development, or ILD. They teach the students about team work, time management, setting personal goals, assuming responsibility and managing money.
Finishing the course had to be celebrated Afghan style of course, with speeches and plenty of food.
One ILD teacher says: "Shelter Now has done something wonderful by giving these guys an opportunity to learn a trade and at the same time allowing them to receive training in team work, time management, matters of integrity and business administration." The director of the orphanage was also clearly delighted over the success of his protégés.
A new course has now started for other beginners. And we’ve also found a master electrician who is to offer training for more young people from the orphanage in the foreseeable future.