Senegal. A country where a third of the population lives below the poverty line. A country where the artisan trades, in particular joinery and carpentry, play a key socioeconomic role and represent an important alternative for young people who have quit school. Les Frères des Hommes is an association working to establish a formal, structured training programme to support and consolidate these valuable professions.
Alongside its Senegalese partner Kora-PRD, the association offers a comprehensive two-year training programme aiming to efficiently transmit superior artisan skills. Literacy classes, technical design and sculpture. 700 early school-leavers, many of whom never progress beyond primary school, given a way back into education. Machines and production tools will soon be made available to all, from young people to experienced artisans.
A second key aim has also been set: to enhance sector output through the collective use of shared production tools.