Cairo, 23 June, 2021 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Egypt are empowering refugees seeking shelter in the Northern African country with technical skills that can significantly enhance the refugees’ empowerment.
Funded by the United States (U.S) Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), the Salesian Technical and Vocational Training Centre in the capital of Egypt, Cairo, has supported at least 3,000 refugees from Syria, Sub-Saharan Africa and vulnerable Egyptians, SDB members have reported.
In the report published on World Refugee Day marked on Sunday, June 20, SDB leadership says the institution “provides life skills training, health awareness, entrepreneurship literacy workshops, job panels, seed grants, and violence prevention training to help refugees build the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and adjust in their new urban environments.”
“One of the great successes of the project is the addition of social services, including transportation vouchers for travel to and from courses, fully funded for participants,” Salesian officials say, adding that trainees are also given vouchers to purchase groceries and other basic needs for their livelihood.
The vouchers help in ensuring that nutritional needs of the trainees are met, they say, adding that the trainees at the Cairo-based Salesian centre also receive “a primary care checkup and eye exam with a doctor who comes to the school.”