The pupils at the St. Theresa Vocational School, in Uganda | Credit: Atlas Solidarity Onlus
The pupils at the St. Theresa Vocational School, in Uganda | Credit: Atlas Solidarity Onlus

A project of Atlas Solidarity Onlus aims to instruct young Ugandans in mechanics as a way of preventing emigration from the African country. The organization launched a crowdfunding campaign to send the students equipment.

The organization Atlas Solidarity Onlus launched a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of Uganda in order to assist local professionals and reduce emigration from the country. "To assist them in their own countries is to create the conditions to keep them from emigrating. This is the aim of the project we launched three years ago and that we now intend to continue through a crowdfunding campaign," said President Giuseppe Bruni.

Mechanics to stall migration

The project has the overall aim of helping Ugandan youth to acquire new technical skills and contribute to the development of their country. Three years ago, Atlas Solidarity hosted two Ugandans, Elizeus and Nicholas, in Bologna so they could learn how to teach mechanics with the collaboration of the professional training organization Cefal. Now with assistance from Stafer S.p.A. it has gathered a series of tools to use to teach mechanics. They will learn to equip the workshop at the St. Theresa Vocational School in Mahyoro, which has 450 students between 13 and 18 years old. The school is run by the Rena Uganda Foundation.

'Employment opportunity' in Uganda

"The crowdfunding campaign was launched in order to gather the resources needed to send the equipment to Uganda, and for the two teachers who were trained in Italy so they can share their knowledge with the students at the school," Atlas said. "Through this project we want to give those young Ugandans concrete opportunities for employment in that part of Africa," Bruni explained. "This is why our slogan is 'let's really help them in their own homes.' The growth of Uganda and the development of sub-Saharan African countries depends on these young people."

 

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