A Functional Skills Training Program

Woodcrafting for Men & Multiple Women’s Initiatives

In Medellin, Colombia we have identified an opportunity to work with a respected and reliable group that assists former prisoners to obtain functional skills – earn an honest living – reunite with their families – and become responsible and productive members of society. The program provides skills training to “qualified” participants who have demonstrated that they want help and have committed to a process of becoming self-reliant through a skills training process - leading to the establishment of a small business – and a legitimate income generating activity.

The functional skills training program consists of –

• A woodcrafting centre for men wherein up to 30 men are trained every three months in woodcrafting skills, as well as business training to enable them to successfully operate their own woodcrafting business. This results in an “imcome generating activity” that will enable them to provide for the basic needs of their families.
• A three part training program for women including: cooking skills; sewing skills; and various craft skills (costume jewellery, shoes, etc.). With these acquired skills the women develop an IGA ( ie. an income generating activity) to provide for the basic needs of their families.

Planned Business & Job Creation Outcomes:
The program has the following planned outcomes -

• Men’s Woodcrafting: 30 men to be trained every three months – and 120 trained annually (30x4=120). Each person trained will establish an income generating activity (IGA) using their newly acquired skills.
• Womens three part Program: 45 women to be trained every three months, equals 180 trained annually. The goal is for each woman to establish an IGA which will help to provide for the basic needs of their families.
Target Group for Training & Job Creation: Mainly the unemployed, under-employed and the disadvantaged that want to work but have inadequate skills or financial means to establish their own IGA.
• Men’s Woodcrafting: Unemployed men that are eager to work – men previously in prison, and being rehabilitated with their families – and men rehabilitated from substance abuse (drugs) and wanting to return to and provide for their families.
• Womens three part Program: Unemployed women that are eager to work – mainly single Mom’s due to their husband leaving or being in prison. These women are usually the primary providers for their children.

Field Assessment
• Program leaders are skilled in what they want to train – and passionate about helping the disadvantaged with skills training and job creation.
• Training facilities: The facilities for training are available – we now need operating capital for the instructors and raw materials.
• Program mentors – a local business advisory group is being established to provide ongoing mentoring and accountability.
• Annual Training Budget Needed: $30,000 - $20,000 for men and $10,000 for women. In addition to the basic tools needed in the workshop – participants are provided with transportation assistance.

How you can help –

• $300 funds training for one students (3 months)
• $1500 funds training for five students
• $4500 funds a class of 15 for three months