Vocational Training and Education
In the first years of Impact Hope, supporters helped make a God-given desire a reality–to give hope, education and a chance to thrive to refugee youth in Rwanda. Belief in the project was vital to getting students into school, where they are safe, well fed, and earning a good education in a Christian environment.
Now in our fourth year of operation, over 1000 refugee students have received this gift of education, and we are entering a new phase of support.
What options are there for a refugee student after secondary school? University is too expensive, and jobs are not guaranteed, even with a degree, and especially under the shadow of refugee status. But for many young refugees, the hope of having purpose and some sense of control over their life never truly dies.
And everyone deserves an opportunity to rise above their circumstances.
Rwanda has quality certificate and advanced degree schools around the country, similar to what we would call community college in America. These Integrated Polytechnic Regional Colleges (IPRC) offer short-term learning programs (3-12 months) in various technical skills, including advanced English learning and Entrepreneurship courses.
It is our goal to support 6-12 months of IPRC certification to any post-secondary Impact Hope students who demonstrate the desire and drive to pursue employment through vocational school. IMPACT HOPE ALSO PROVIDES A MONTH LONG VOCATIONAL TRAINING CAMP EACH YEAR TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO NEW VOCATIONS BY GIVING THEM HANDS ON TRAINING. You can help!
As students complete their secondary schooling, vocational training opportunities give them a chance to learn a trade that provides a path to employment. Impact Hope is making strategic moves that will offer vocation exploration through the summer trade camp, followed by the opportunity for 6-month vocational training and entrepreneur education at a regional trade school after they complete secondary school.
In March of 2020, we had the pleasure of visiting a former Impact Hope student who is now one of the first to start his own business. Thanks to the culinary arts training he received, and a motivation to move beyond life in the refuge camp, he has opened a small bakery on the outskirts of Kigali. Seeing customers enjoying a meal when we walked in, and being served his delicious creations, brought us immense joy. This is why Impact Hope began!
We invite you to support more futures like Shukuru’s. Generous people like you have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young Rwanda refugee students already. Impact Hope is determined to help these young men and women continue to build success into their future, and a way out of the camps–and with your help, then and now, we will see that happen!