While women and girls have typically been the main focus of TEWFI’s attention, especially in the area of vocational training, recently TEWFI has also incorporated vocational training for men and boys. Some of the specific activities are:
- Boat repairs classes: boys are taught how to make simple fixes to the fishing boats. In the future, they will be taught how to make more complicated fixes to boats.
- Cycle repairs classes: as cycles are a main form of transport for the population of these villages, being taught maintenance and minor repairs of cycles is very important. Funds are being sought to conduct cycle-repair classes for the youth from the surrounding areas, and plans are afoot to extend this training to the physically challenged.
- Making whitewash powder (Tamil: “chinnambu”) from shells: The main raw ingredient for whitewash powder, a common product used to paint houses, is a certain type of shell. This shell is plentiful along the Alamparai coast and is often found discarded or in rubbish heaps. TEWFI is currently investigating activities for youth groups to collect and convert these shells to make whitewash powder.
- Hand pump installation: In villages each house typically has a hand pump used to pump water. The typical cost of installing such a pump is Rs. 2000. TEWFI would like to be able to teach youths the necessary skills to be licensed water pump installers, as this is a much-in-demand profitable trade.
TEWFI plans to build a dedicated Vocational Training Centre, which will teach other vocational skills. Also, TEWFI has set up other initiatives aimed at sustainable livelihoods, such as a micro-insurance scheme and mushroom growing initiatives.
If you would like to help us in funding or setting up any of these important vocational training activities which will give people the skill sets that they will use to in turn improve their lives, please visit our donations page or contact us for more information.