After publicizing its programs, RMF received 170 applications for the PVTI program. RMF’s vocational training instructors formed the interviewing team. Candidates were grouped by department, and at the end of the day, the interviewing team shortlisted the best candidates. The lists were given to the PVTI principal for consideration. Of the 170 applications received, 100 applicants were called for interviews, and 69 trainees were accepted.
World Refugee Day is celebrated every year on June 20. This year’s function was attended by many dignitaries from Kiryandongo District Local Government, Bweyale Town Council officials, the Office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR, and all implementing partners within the camp. PVTI participated in the organization of this day by creating exhibitions. They also organized a drama performance for guests at the World Refugee Day celebration, which was about female student retention in school.
During the reporting period, 13 trainees began their training in Carpentry and Joinery (CJ). The training continued according to the syllabus. The CJ department has one instructor guiding trainees. The curriculum covers 6 modules, and at the end of the 3-month training period, trainees are expected to observe all safety and health requirements in their workshops, use and care for timber, maintain and repair measuring and marking tools, etc. The modules cover the making of 7 types of joints, as well as chairs, beds, and stools.
During the reporting period, 12 trainees began their training in Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP). The syllabus has been followed so that the trainees can gain key building skills. The BCP department has one instructor who guides the trainees. The curriculum covers 5 modules, and at the end of the 3-month training period, beneficiaries are expected to be able to comfortably handle construction tools and read sketches while at any construction site. The modules cover the use of tools, equipment, and wall bonding techniques.
During the reporting period, 22 trainees were admitted for training in HBT. The class steadily followed the syllabus so that trainees can take the DIT exams with confidence. Trainees have begun to learn the art of hair treatment, shaving, and plaiting various fashions. The HBT department has two instructors who guide the trainees. The curriculum covers 12 modules, and trainees are expected to know how to observe all safety and health requirements within their work premises, demonstrate hospitality to customers and use tools appropriately.
During the reporting period, 23 trainees began their training in TGC. Training has followed the syllabus, and trainees’ skills have progressed. The TGC department has two instructors who tirelessly work to see that the trainees obtain fundamental knowledge of tailoring over the course of 9 modules. After the theory sessions, the trainees start the practical sessions, which include gathered skirts, elastic pajamas, elastic back shorts, round skirts, high-waisted skirts, shirts, pinafore dresses, kitenge skirts and blouses, and basic short-sleeved shirts.
In April 2011, RMF initiated the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement after being presented by the refugee community with issues surrounding the lack of skills and vocational training for students graduating from the settlement high school.
After researching which skills would provide the quickest earning opportunities and the most efficient economic investment requirements for RMF, we narrowed the programs down to:
69 Newly Enrolled Trainees
Hellen Anek graduated in September 2018 with a certificate in Tailoring and Garment Cutting. Hellen was one of the best trainees in her intake, demonstrating a lot of interest in what she was doing during her three-month training at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute. Hellen opened a workshop in Bweyale market where she buys and sells
kitenge materials and also employs other trainees who help her with the orders. She designs clothes according to
Hellen explained that she earns about UGX 20,000/= per day, which has greatly helped her family. She is married
with three children. She provides school fees for her children, pays rent for the whole family, and provides for their
Justine Omal and Joseph Okewa graduated in May 2018 with certificates in Bricklaying and Concrete Practice, and they have been working together since finishing the course. During their interview, Joseph and Justine said they have achieved a lot, as they have established customers who now only call them for building projects. At the time of the interview, they were building in Bweyale Town Council, where they are being paid UGX 15,000/= per day. They attributed their success to the Real Medicine Foundation and the entire staff of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute, which made this future possible for them.
Sunday Kodra is one of the successful trainees among the 14 who graduated in May 2018 with certificates in
Bricklaying and Concrete Practice. He is a hardworking young man interested in his work. At the time of our visit,
we found him constructing a shelter in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, and he said that he has been working on various projects, including construction of the health center, which have enabled him to acquire more skills.
Sunday said that he is very proud of RMF for the knowledge he got from Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute.
When Sunday graduated, he began been looking for ways to help at home, since he lives with his uncle. Since
then, he has managed to help his family members, and currently he earns UGX 15,000/= per day. He also said he
has been able to open up an account with Post Bank, where he keeps his savings.
Jada Opi Gore Ferdinand graduated in May 2019 with a certificate in Carpentry and Joinery. He is married with
one child and lives in Bweyale Town Council, where he is renting a room with his family. He said that as he waits
for contracts to make furniture for his customers, he works part-time at a friend’s workshop in Molokonyi.
Jada shared with PVTI’s coordinator that he is always proud because of the skills acquired at the institute. He said
that his family is very happy today due to his efforts, adding, “I have added some tools like planing gauge and
mortising scissors, which I didn’t have, with the money I earned. Thanks a lot!” He further thanked RMF for giving
him knowledge and supporting him through career guidance that has made him who he is today, a self-reliant man.