The vocational training courses, which range in length from two to nine months each, include pastry and sweet baking, ice cream making, English language, photography and video production, office administration training, basic computer software, computer and cell phone maintenance, hair cutting/styling and sewing.
Trainees are also given workshops on important life and social skills (respect for time, goal setting, personal and family responsibility, etc.), career planning and resume and job interview preparation, as well as employment search counseling. Additionally, Mercy-USA has provided the women’s centers with electric generators, computers, other office equipment, heat/air-conditioning units, and supplies specific for the training courses.
Hundreds of orphans and other at-risk youth and young adults have been successfully graduated from the various courses.
In addition, Mercy-USA is supporting the summer and holiday activities carried out by the Nahr Al-Bared Women’s Center. These activities for younger children include field trips, handicraft/art classes and holiday parties. Over 4,000 children have participated in these various activities.
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