Eight years after his mother passed away, Abu discovered the HDAK training where impoverished, unemployed or underemployed youth could gain skills leading to employment. The HDAK program provided him with hope when the rest of the world had marginalized him. He enrolled in the Work Ready Now and Be Your Own Boss soft skills training programs and proudly graduated in December 2018. Abubakar Ishimwe exclaimed,
“When I heard about the Work Read Now training program, I immediately seized the opportunity to move from the living in streets. And now, here I am with a completely transformed lifestyle!”
Despite having dropped out of school and never pursued any other formal training, Abu always dreamt of having a trade or job to rely on financially. Abu took the initiative and began volunteering his time at a carpentry shop. He developed a love for art and wood manufacturing. This newfound passion drove his desire to enroll in the technical carpentry training at CEFOTRAR, right after completing WRN!
After 8 years of living on the streets, Abu’s hope was restored through the Work Ready Now! training program. Photo by Aime Ndayisenga/USAID
Currently, Abu is renting a modest workshop in Nyamirambo, where he practices the skills he acquired in training. He has already started reaping the fruits of his hard work, which so far have granted him the capability to pay two months of rent in a house as well as rent his own carpentry workshop.