Gwan Multipurpose Center
The Gwan Multipurpose Center was constructed in 2006 to serve as a rehabilitation center for victims of trafficking. Each year the Center admits an average of 40 vulnerable children. Based on the recommendations of social workers, children in situations of distress are provided shelter in the Center while children from stable homes are admitted as non-residents. To date, the Center has provided services to over 100 children who have been rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society. Students who reside at the Center are eligible to receive microfinance loans to run poultry and subsistence small holding farms to provide food and generate income for their families.
The programs at the Center have now evolved to include vocational competency-based training to assist individuals in gaining the skills necessary for entry-level jobs. Students learn essential skills in real work settings and participate in job readiness classes. Upon graduation, some students are provided tools and kits to help establish their businesses in the community while others find work locally. Below are some of the skill-based training programs offered at the Gwan Center.
Apprenticeship in hairdressing enables students to perform professionally and creatively within the beauty industry. The training includes basic hairdresser procedures, hair form and hair cutting techniques. Working under the tutelage of a professional hairdresser, students learn vocation basics, vocation technology and practical training. Students who accomplish the curriculum and finish training, obtain diplomas or certificates of completion. Upon graduation, they can either work in professional hair salons or start their own business.
Students are placed in shops where they apprentice under experienced tailors who provide real-world training. In the process, students learn about industry-specific business operations like managing clothing orders and methods of design. The training period is paced according to the skills and capabilities of each student who upon graduation sets up their own enterprise or work for a tailoring or dress making business. Nkumu Fed Fed continues to provide sewing machines and/or seed grants to graduating students to enable them to start their own business.
Students who train as carpenters learn blueprint reading, structural framing with wood and metal as well as window, door, countertop and cabinet installation. Students have opportunities to hone basic math skills while learning to become proficient with common hand and power tools. Other areas of training include reading and drawing plans, learning to estimate and schedule jobs and floor installations. Through hands-on training, students learn basic design principles like framing, interior and exterior finishing and layout from professional carpenters with years of real-world experience. New graduates usually work as apprentice professional carpenters to prepare them to start their own businesses.
Students are placed in work environments as trainee mechanics or mechanics’ helpers in order to gain new skills while working beside and learning from more experienced technicians. Within a few months of being auto mechanic trainees, students are able to perform routine car service and carry out simple repairs. Students receive a certificate upon graduation and find jobs in car repair shops.
Students learn welding safety, proper welding equipment setup, important welding control techniques, fundamental welding processes, and basic welding metallurgy. The intense welding program focuses on developing critical welding skills. Upon program completion students find work in automotive, construction, and manufacturing enterprises.
Students are taught about their rights and duties as citizens and members of the community. Hands-on teaching methods provide young people with the necessary competencies and skills for them to become active and engaged within their communities in order to fulfill their duties and obligations as responsible citizens.