Hope for Work

Two men building a wooden chairNearly half of the population of Africa south of the Sahara (290 million people), live in absolute poverty and have less than one US dollar per day. This number of affected people has increased faster than in any other region of the world.

African Hope e. V. provides donated machinery, tools, demonstration and teaching equipment to educate and train people to set up their own small businesses. Traditional skills are given special attention. Trained and skilled professionals are brought to training centers and donate their time and knowledge to the hope of work.

Achievement  till 2008

  1. Egypt

    4th Stage Financial support and training for small enterprises for one or two people – close co-operation with an organization in Baden-Württemberg to fund such projects Training center for textile production, Nakada & Qus Important is the promotion of the traditional work culture. Nakada in Egypt is a good example. A vocational training center was set up there, where traditional skills of silk production are taught whilst focusing on modern demands. This led to the foundation of a whole range of small and micro enterprises. – Initiating the relief action “Save the Girls from the Streets” in Lubumbashi Teaching girls handwork skills that will enable them to live a life away from the streets  in dignity and security. Giving a sewing machine to every participant after completing their education. Youth Training Program Egypt: Small enterprises for one or two people a grant of 6000 Euros from African Hope e. V. was allocated to this project. This project provides financial support to people wishing to set up their own small enterprises. Some examples are: – Video camera project, recording festivities – Sewing machine to make clothes – Flower shop, selling flowers on the streets – Sandwich service for a canteen – Baking service, cakes, preparation at home Three stages have been completed up to 2005. Last year, African Hope e. V. supported a project in the Luxor region in Egypt: A training center for different professions for hotellery and tourism. The training center includes the following training modules:

    1. Cooking
    2. Cleaning
    3. Laundering and Ironing
    4. Reception
    5. Translating.

    Practical workshops communicate the skills which are necessary in the daily duties at hotels; the participants have the opportunity to learn professional skills and to improve their opportunities on the job market later. The training takes 6 months per module and is carried out in small groups of 10 persons each. This guarantees for a successful learning environment. Thanks to generous donations, all materials and equipment, including payment of the specialists, could be paid. In 2008, we could help to bring another project to life: Vocational Training Center in Egypt, this project addresses young people who are out of work and/or who do not have a professional education. Special workshops were created for computing, electrical engineering and handicraft. The participants are provided with a lodging for the 2 – 3 months of training. Training is especially important for finding a job in such structurally underdeveloped regions.

  2. Sudan

    Goat Loan Project an African Hope e. V. grant of 5000 Euro was granted to this project. Female goats are bought by an African Hope e. V. representative and lent to families for the production of milk and it’s products such as cheese. When the goats give birth, the mother is returned to an African Hope e. V. representative and passed on to further needy families.

African Hope e. V. shared the purchase costs of the amount of € 7,000 with DIFÄM (German Institute for Medical Mission) for a modern CD4-Counter apparatus used in AIDS diagnostics. This apparatus has a value of € 22,000 to be used in the Coptic Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

An Introduction and follow-up between the Coptic Church and “Brot für die Welt” in the context of the HIV/AIDS campaign for East Africa took place in Masena and Nairobi in Kenya and Lusaka in Zambia. The project has been supported by “Brot für die Welt” with the sum of $133,000.

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”Chinese Proverb