Mechanics

mechanics

A new life, one piece at a time.

Even in Congo, people drive.  And in Goma, where barely-functional cars are the norm, the roads are more volcanic rock than pavement, and low-grade fuel arrives after a 750-mile trip in leaky tanker trucks from Kenya and Tanzania, mechanics are essential.

Someone has to repair these cars; through CAMME, children are developing the skills they need to be successful mechanics.  Students study the assembly and disassembly of engines, practice replacement and maintenance of parts, and learn from local shop owners about the proper management and operation of garages.

DE, 18, came to CAMME from the streets of Goma, where he had turned to petty theft and sniffing glue after being abandoned by his family, who were unable to feed him, let alone send him to school.  Through the work of CAMME’s social service team, he abandoned his drug habit, began studying mechanics, and began an internship following two years of training in a local garage.  He recently earned his certification as a professional mechanic.

“I’ve studied for free,” he says, “CAMME helped me to change my life for the better.”

Providing this training for DE, and others like him, isn’t free. Please consider supporting CAMME today.

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