World Concern’s work in poor communities strives to influence long-term change. Teaching people marketable job skills helps lift them and their families out of poverty for good, changing the direction of generations to come.
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In all of our work, we target the poorest and most vulnerable people. We place a special emphasis on women in our vocational training programs, who are treated unequally and also are expected to support their families. We also help children in areas where trafficking is a danger. However, men and women of all ages have the opportunity to learn a skill through our programs.
Our vocational training programs are carefully matched with the needs of the community where we work to ensure students and participants are able to use their skills and get a job after completion. In South Sudan, for example, people rely on motorbikes for transportation, but many of them sit broken and abandoned. World Concern opened a vocational training center to teach young men mechanical skills so they can repair motorcycles for income, and at the same time, meet a vital
need in the community.
In the same community, people were not able to afford new clothes because they were all imported. The vocational school offers classes in sewing and tailoring so women can make clothing, earning an income and providing affordable clothing to the people who live there.