Providing young men with a marketable skill and the chance of full-time employment
AADO’s Carpentry program is taking steps towards the reconstruction of Afghanistan and the improvement of living conditions. Each boy comes to the AADO Workshop five days per week for one year, spending half the day in school and the other half learning his trade. These boys receive a small allowance to pay for transport, a substantial midday meal and a basic tool kit. All 55 participants of this program have been employed after graduation, which is testament to the training and the need for carpenters.
Atsmatullah was selling cigarettes and collecting scrap metal on the streets of Kabul before he was accepted into AADO’s carpentry project. He couldn’t afford schooling and wanted to help pull his family out of poverty. Afghanistan’s street-working boys are some of the most vulnerable people in the country. Daily they are exposed to extreme risks and dangers in order to provide for their families.
Many children like Atsmatullah have travelled with their families to Kabul from other provinces, forced from their homes by conflict and the loss of a parent, moving to the city in the hopes of finding a job that will put some food on their table. At a time when widespread reconstruction is taking place, skilled tradespeople are urgently needed in Afghanistan. However, few Afghans with technical and trade skills have returned to their country since the defeat of the Taliban in 2002.
According to Atsmatullah, “Everyone likes to help their family to get rid of poverty, and I never dreamed of how I would do this, but now I am learning something from carpentry and going to school. Now it is possible that I could reach that dream.”