Sinoko VTC is a unique place which gives hope and skills to some of the poorest and most vulnerable young people. It is one of the few places where young people who have missed out on going to school can be accepted and trained in practical skills.
It produces some highly skilled professionals.
Sinoko offers them a chance to qualify and support themselves and, often, their siblings.
Tools of the trade
When students have completed their course at the Youth Polytechnic, if they do not have the right tools it is difficult for them to find a job. WORK provides a few basic tools to get them started then, as they earn a little money, they can buy more. Here are a few examples of students who have been sponsored and are now qualified.
Damarius qualified as a tailor. She could not buy her own sewing machine. With the machine donated by WORK she can now work and support herself.
Joseph receiving his tool kit. He can now earn a living.
Phyllis was one of the first girls to qualify as an electrician; not easy in a largely patriarchical society! She can now support herself.
Augustine has qualified as a Motor Mechanic. With the tools provided by W.O.R.K. he can now earn his own living.
W.O.R.K has supported Sinoko for some years and helps about 10 youngsters each year to complete their studies. The last couple of years has seen the building of a girls’ dormitory. Homeless girls are very vulnerable particularly during the holidays but also during term time. Having somewhere to stay means they are safe and allows them to carry on with their studies.