Education and work place for refugees

In the eastern Congolese city of Goma, Starkmacher e.V., together with AECOM, the local project partner, will build a training centre and cooperative that will benefit people who have fled the civil war regions to find a new home in Goma.
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05.11.2021 / 13 Uhr
Dominik Lechner

Congo - a crisis zone

There are currently 4.5 million internally displaced persons living in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are severely threatened by poverty. For years, the region has been rocked by crime, kidnapping, abductions and murder.

Hope for local people

Starkmacher e.V. wants to help these people secure their future. As part of the project, a vocational school for tailors and computer scientists is being built. In addition, a cooperative is to be created that will give several tailors the opportunity to expand their skills through joint work and to find a larger market in order to secure their income with which they can feed their families. In addition, we train people to become multipliers in order to gain knowledge about microcredit. In this way, many more people can be reached through awareness-raising measures.

Building infrastructure

The project started in December 2020 and will be accompanied by Starkmacher e.V. for the next three years with the aim of continuing it independently. As part of the project, 2 buildings and a fence were constructed. A solar system was installed for independent power supply and connection to the public water network is also guaranteed.

Construction work completed - training courses begin

Since August 21, the construction work has been completed and the inventory has begun. Furniture, equipment and machines were purchased and are still needed. Since the beginning of September, a first group has started the tailoring training. The number of registrations was three times higher than the number of places. So a parallel course is planned for November. From next year, computer science training and horticulture training will be added to the offer. It is also planned to start production in cooperation with already trained tailors. The local population is very happy and grateful for this offer.

Project support

The project is funded by the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Nevertheless, Starkmacher e.V. is dependent on further support for the successful implementation of the project. Further information here.