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A better future, starting on the ground floor.

In Goma, carpentry is one of the few reliable industries where help is always needed.  As the conflict appears to be easing, the city is on the rise, and new buildings and homes are being built on a daily basis.

These homes and buildings need walls, doors, floors, tables, and chairs; CAMME is there, giving children the skills they need to find jobs in carpentry, contributing not only to the city’s building boom, but also to their own future. In CAMME’s vocational program, children learn a valuable skill, and are certified as professional carpenters by the Congolese government, a key step to stable, gainful employment.

AS, 17, came to CAMME after his father was killed by Rwandan militia forces in his home village.  He and his mother arrived in Goma, where she found odd jobs carrying baggage at the bus station.  Living on the street, he heard about CAMME through friends, and following two years of training, received state certification as a carpenter through CAMME’s program. In his time at the center, he also learned to read and write, worked with the organization’s social service to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, and other key life skills.

CAMME has helped him to develop his dreams. “I wish in the future I could have my own workshop, start a good business and get money,” he says, “to help my mom and help my friends who are suffering. I wish I could also teach carpentry to other children who need to learn.”

If you’d like to help other young carpenters, please consider supporting CAMME today.

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