You may remember that earlier in the year, as a church family we committed to help our friends at the charity AEAD, establish a Vocational Training Centre which would be based at the Bethel School in Gourcy. Well, several months into the project, we are delighted to receive the great news that the Trades Training Centre is now fully up and running.
All those tools and equipment which were donated by members of our congregation are now being put to good use, helping young people in Burkina Faso make their lives better !
The centre opened its doors in June of this year and now offers vocational training courses in Electricity, Masonry, Sewing and Computing. In the first three months of operation, 85 students have completed entry-level courses and are now equipped to undertake further study at other AEAD Centres or to seek employment.
The first group of students who have completed their Electrical training.
A new intake of students is now underway and it is hoped that the centre will be able to train around three hundred students each year.
As part of this on-going development at Gourcy, several retail units have been built, with the hope that students from the courses will be able to run sustainable, small businesses from the site.
We are so thankful to our faithful God who has delivered this project.
The establishment of this centre is a major achievement in the face of the many economic difficulties and civil unrest in this part of the world.
Our friends at AEAD have done a wonderful job to provide real hope and opportunities for young (and not so young) people of the area. The generosity and commitment of all at Legacurry who helped or donated money or equipment has enabled these people to make their lives better and will continue to do so for years to come.
Please remember the continuing work of AEAD in Burkina Faso and the Trades Training Centre in your prayers. Pray that the lives of many of the students will be influenced by the Christian ethos of this centre and that many people would put their trust in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.