After months of preparation and hard work, vocational classes started for the men and women. We have started a training program for masonry, electrical and plumbing work. This is incredible, as everyone will develop and learn skills they will be able to use long after they have left Camp Hope. Everyone who is participating, loves it. Classes begin at 7am everyday and end at 12pm. Since it is a short 3-month class, sometimes classes end a bit later in the day depending on what they are working on. It's important to complete this course by September because that is the time they are scheduled to head back into the mountains and start rebuilding their homes.
When the course is complete, participants will receive a certificate from the government-run program for their completion of level 1. This is so wonderful not only because this certificate is recognized by 169 countries, but the sense of accomplishment they will all feel is immense.