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Looking beyond the tragedy: Planning for a future of work

Published: 12 January 2014 11:07 CET

The area of Carrefour Feuilles, with 40,000 inhabitants, is characterized has seen a vast influx of people from rural areas and neighbouring villages. It has all the hallmarks of a nascent slum. The area is facing many problems including pollution, promiscuity, unemployment, and poverty.

Unemployment is a great obstacle for many people within the community especially the youth.  Many young people want to learn a trade in order to join the workforce. However, lack of economic and financial resources prevent many of them from doing so. This situation puts the young people of the area at risk of delinquency and violence.

In an effort to counter this situation, a local organization called Organization of Young Haitian Professionals in Action (OJEPHAC), in partnership with other local organizations, drew up a proposal to help these young people acquire professional skills that could help them take control of their futures.

The  objectives of the project were to train 25 young people from the Carrefour Feuilles area in ironwork techniques, give them the skills to develop a vision and investment strategy for the future and contribute to a more positive outlook for young people in the community.

The training was funded by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Integrated Neighbourhood Approach (INA) Programme.

The INA program  began to work  in Carrefour Feuilles in July 2011  to build resilience  in the community.

Antoine Josué was one of the recipients of the training. Antoine, who has lived in Carrefour Feuilles all his life, has never had a steady job or income. Trained as an electrician, he was never able to find work in that field.

“I decided to try something new and see if it would open up more opportunities for me,” he says.

This young man of 27 is already the father to a two-year-old son and lives in a single room home with his partner. He didn’t finished secondary school, dropping out with only two years left because of financial issues.

After the training, Antoine found work in an ironwork shop and continues to master his newly learned trade. “I never would have had the means to pay for this training myself because the little money that I do get is used to  feed my family. I appreciate this initiative from the Red Cross and I hope that these courses continue so that other young people will get the same opportunity that I did.”

The training lasted three months and each participant was given a tool kit which included gloves, a metal saw and safety goggles  with which to begin working. For these young people, this training is a step towards building their futures.




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