We See Hope in Charles
Charles* is 22 years old and an orphan who cares for his five siblings (all under the age of 17) and three cousins. When the WeSeeHope team first met Charles and his family, they were all living in a mud hut with a thatched roof which was no greater than two square metres, and Charles had been forced to drop out of school to care for his siblings. But our local project partner, RIDE, identified that they were in a very vulnerable situation and took action.
Charles became a member of one of our local Child Rights Clubs and finished his primary school education. As part of our vocational skills training programme, he then went on to complete a three-month course in carpentry and was given start-up materials to establish his own business.
At the end of 2016, Charles set up a carpentry shop. With the income from his this he has been able to send his younger siblings and cousins back to school and buy two pigs and three chickens, as well as some cassava seeds. He has also put some of his skills to personal use and, with the help of the community, has started the construction of a second slightly larger hut for the nine of them to live, but with a steel roof instead of thatched roof which will help during the rainy days.
Though Charles says the family still struggles, he was proud that not long after completing his carpentry training, he can earn enough to meet most of the family’s basic needs. As his skills improve, his shop will grow and so too will his animal and vegetable farm.
*Name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.