We continue to provide financial support and guidance for the four departments at RMF’s Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). During this reporting period, the following accomplishments were achieved:
Since RMF took on the management of PVTI in 2011, over 750 trainees have graduated and are actively employed, either running their own businesses or working for someone else.
Most of our graduates are refugees, and they are taking advantage of the Ugandan government’s “free employment policy,” which allows refugees to secure employment and move to other locations where their services are needed. Many PVTI graduates testify that this training has changed their lives from being dependent to being independent.
A total of 80 students continued with their studies at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI), completing their training in one of the school’s four departments: Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, Carpentry and Joinery, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, or Tailoring and Garment Cutting. 79 of these students took the DIT exams on April 25, 2018, earning certificates that will facilitate further studies and/or employment at reputable businesses.
Training materials for the semester were purchased in the required quantities and in the required timeline. Scholastic materials such as books and pens were also distributed.
During the reporting period, 17 trainees continued their training in Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP), including 1 female trainee. All trainees were registered for the DIT examinations.
The syllabus has been followed, and trainees are now conversant with key building skills. They are knowledgeable about the common bonds that are used in construction, e.g. the English bond, stretcher bond, and Flemish bond. Training is both practical and theoretical to ensure that graduates understand and apply standard building practices in their work.
During the reporting period, 13 trainees continued with their training in Carpentry and Joinery (CJ). All trainees were registered for the DIT examinations.
The training continued according to the syllabus, and the trainees are now conversant with key joints used in carpentry and joinery. Trainees have started producing items such as chairs, beds, and tables.
During the reporting period, 26 trainees were admitted for training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (HBT), including 1 male trainee. All trainees have continued in the program and were registered for DIT exams.
The class steadily followed the syllabus so that trainees can face the DIT exams with confidence. Trainees have learned the art of hair treatment, shaving, and plaiting different fashions.
During the reporting period, 24 trainees continued their training in Tailoring and Garment Cutting (TGC), including 2 male trainees. All trainees were registered for the DIT exams.
Training has followed the syllabus, and trainees’ skills have progressed. They are now able to make a pair of shorts, a shirt, and a skirt.
In April 2011, RMF initiated the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement after being presented by the refugee community with issues surrounding the lack of skills and vocational training for students graduating from the settlement high school.
After researching which skills would provide the quickest earning opportunities and the most efficient economic investment requirements for RMF, we narrowed the programs down to:
Vivian Adokorach graduated in 2016 from PVTI’s Tailoring and Garment Cutting Department. Equipped with her startup kit, Vivian works at Bweyale market, making designed and kitenge clothing, bed sheets, pillowcases, and other products.
The money she earns assists her in buying food and other essential supplies at home, as well as more material. Vivian said that the only problem she has is capital to buy material that will attract more clients.
Scovia Achola graduated from PVTI in December 2017. She did not receive a startup kit, but she rents a sewing machine at UGX 10,000 per week. She loves her work, and she said that during market days she earns more than UGX 20,000, which helps support her family, paying school fees for her siblings and looking after her sickly mother.
Scovia is optimistic that from the savings she will accumulate this year, she will be able to expand her business, therefore being able to open her own shop.
Dorcus Angee graduated in August 2015 from PVTI’s Tailoring and Garment Cutting Department. Equipped with her startup kit, Dorcus rented a veranda in front of a shop, where she does her tailoring work and also sells clothes and bags to make ends meet. She is optimistic that by the start of next year, she will have saved enough money to shift to a better location and expand her business.
Dorcus also describes the difficulties of her situation: she spends part of her earnings on repairs for her sewing machine, the site of her business is not very comfortable, and dust disturbs her business. Despite these difficulties, she is thankful for the opportunity and to RMF and Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute for the skills acquired.
Gloria Amonyi graduated in 2016 from PVTI’s Tailoring and Garment Cutting Department. She works at Bweyale market, where her clients find her. This has enabled Gloria to maintain the tailoring knowledge that she gained from the training and to earn an income to meet her basic needs.
She shared that she is able to save about UGX 5,000 per month with a nearby savings group. If she accumulates enough money, she would love to buy more material, rent a shop, and also begin trading materials. Most of the time her clients bring her mending work, and she has also made a few personal, designed dresses.