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Arua Vocational Centre

A dream was realised as all 14 students gathered one Thursday in April to graduate from our program. With many of them not having finished high school, it held particular significance. Tertiary study was simply not an option for them and their opportunities were limited. But now, some of our VTS graduates are employed—one in a local bakery, one in a restaurant, and one in a kitchen. One has even started his own doughnut business!

This program is designed for youth who have dropped out of school or who are from poor or underprivileged backgrounds. In early February 2012 we began the vocational training school's baking and basic mechanics classes, with four young women and one young man doing baking, and nine young men enrolled in the basic mechanics class. As well as teaching mechanics and baking skills, students have daily teaching and discussions on life skills. It is exciting to work with these young people, as they are very enthusiastic.

We now also offer Advanced Mechanics & Driving; Advanced Baking & Catering, and Welding/Metal work classes. Donations through OARF have recently enabled the school to buy a large generator and a diesel engine for the mechanics class.  
VTS staff have also begun training that supports traumatised children and youth within the area. This training will help reach the goal of bringing emotional healing and empowerment to the students who attend the school.

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