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Vocational training to marginalized people in the Gambia

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The Future is Africa

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Our organisation is helping vulnerable and marginalized people such as children, women, school drop outs and the disabled.

There are children who come from poor families and face problems to go to school or complete the school cycle. This is as a result of their parents’ inability to meet their school expenses, thus they drop out of school and become liabilities in society. Such children turn out to be criminals in society.

It is therefore the wish of ‘The Future is Africa’ to provide vocational training for such people to equip them with skills that can earn them a decent living as productive and progressive member of society. They can positively contribute to the welfare of society as responsible members.

Many women in the Gambia are victims of teenage pregnancy and single parenthood. These women face enormous problems to make a decent living. They need assistance in a sustainable manner to a better living. These women engage in disreputable actives such as prostitution and street begging to earn a living. Women in general are hard working and progressive members of society when supported. The Gambian society is a closed society where disregard and contempt are expressed towards unmarried women and women who have children outside wedlock. Such women are generally marginalized and are seen but not heard.

What is your project and how will it help?

The Future is Africa intends to provide assistance to such group of women in the form of vegetable gardening, tie and dye, batiks, IT, and tailoring for sustainable development.

These services will be provided at no cost to the beneficiary.

The vulnerable groups will be identified according to their needs and abilities.The project will conduct a nation wide sensitization tour to identify beneficiaries, discuss with them their areas of interest which commensurate their abilities before selection. The selected beneficiaries will be grouped together for six months training during which time, they will be lodged and fed and a small token of allowance will be given to them for the period of training of six month. At the end of the training, beneficiaries will be certificated and transported to their different locations and provided with facilities to go on their work. The facilities provided will be loaned to beneficiaries to refund by installment over a period of three years. The project will regularly visit the beneficiaries at their work cites to monitor and evaluate the activities and familiarize themselves with their constraints and progress.

After beneficiaries have cleared all liabilities with the project,they will be left to operate on their own and the project will continue to supervise and monitor to provide technical support and advices.

The project intends to start with 250 beneficiaries and continue increasing the number subsequently contingent upon the availability of funds and participants. The project will help our young men and woman in the society to help themselves out and keep there self busy in things that they never have before as opportunity comes ones in a man life time.

The project is a helpful project to see no one sitting doing nothing in the society, and to make the young people happy and to know what life is all about.
The project is to beneficiary the young people who want to learn and have good education but due to the poor family they are from, so we “The future is Africa” want to see good things done for the poor in our country and make good living for the poor and decent life of the poor families in Africa.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

The Future is Africa can join hand with anybody who is ready or interested to support the project to eradicate poverty in our society, because drop outs are the problems in Africa.

Please detail the resources that you need.

The future is Africa needs some financials help to start structure like two class rooms so that we can start tie and dye, batiks, tailoring, welding, carpentry with computer classes.

To start the project:
40 computers cost: 200.000 Dalasis (US$ 5,300)
Tye dye, batiks and tailoring cost: 400.000 Dalasis (US$ 10,600)
Welding and carpentry cost: 200.000 Dalasis (US$ 5,300)

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Partnership types

Doing business with the poor; Project funding; Provision of goods

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Gambia

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Education and training


  • Commented
    16 Dec 2013 12:01 GMT

    The Future is Africa
    Unverified non-profit organisation

    buba darboe says: well The future is Africa is looking for partnership all over the world and these is ours email or call +2207215677 will be waiting to hear from you..