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Carpentry Apprenticeship Program

“Los Caminantes” provides 17 high-risk boys, between the ages of 14 to 23, skills and their first work experience. The students live in a neighborhood plagued with poverty, drugs and gangs. Los Caminantes, is located in the rear of a community center in Sutyaba.

Apprentices learn to weave cane for furniture, make other wooden crafts, and do home repairs. Some graduates of the program continue working in the project’s cooperative, learning advance skills and teaching younger students.

The program is successfully helping high school students stay in school by providing an academic tutor. At the beginning of the school year, NCFC purchases students new school supplies. Professor Juan, the carpentry teacher who is a surrogate father to the students, tracks the students’ academic progress because they are being raised by single parent mothers with low literacy levels.

Currently, 88% of the graduates that attended the program in the last five years are employed in carpentry shops or other trades.

• Michael (13) – Modesto Armillo Public High School (pictured at right)

“Michael is one of the youngest students in the cooperative but he is one of the best cane weavers,” said Professor Juan.

During weekends Michael, supplements the minimal earnings of his mother, a food vendor, with repair work from his neighbors. Michael is a quick learner, hard worker and often brings in new work to the shop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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