A second chance to build my career
These three students are from the same auto-mechanics class in Jamjang. The class of 8 students from both the refugee and host community began their training on 13 September 2018. This is their progress.
“I am prepared me to sit the government-accredited examination.”
Siyanda Yousef Abanga, 27 years
“Today I am servicing a rear drum brake of a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to Care International. This is something I had never imagined I would be able to do. I am a refugee from Nuba Mountain in Sudan. My parents and younger brothers fled the war and came here in Ajuong Thok in South Sudan. Settling to live as a refugee life was not easy. I ended up dropping out of school from Senior Two to sell groundnut paste at Ajoung Thok Market. However, I incurred many losses as the business did not pick up well. I was unable to contribute to the household budget.”
Siyanda continues. “I heard my friends discussing about an advertised training course in auto-mechanics being facilitated by Action Africa Help International (AAH-I). The course targets the youth from both the refugee and the host community. I was glad to meet the recruitment criteria and that gender was not an obstacle! I am the only girl among boys in a class of 8 learners. The course runs for 3 months. I have gained practical skills and knowledge and can now carry out vehicle service and general maintenance in any vehicle workshop. I am grateful to my trainers and to AAH-I who have prepared me to take the government-accredited examination by the Department of Vocational Training under Ministry of Science and Technology.”
“I will ensure that this ambulance is in good working condition before it leaves this workshop.”
“I am contributing to health service delivery.”
Joseph Diing Majook, 26 years
“Today I am servicing an engine water cooling system of the broken down ambulance belonging to the State Referral Hospital. I am working on the radiator, replacing the injector fuel pump and fan belt, conducting tests on the thermostat and checking the top and bottom radiator hose pipes/clamps. I am humbled to be contributing to health service delivery in the country.
“I came here to visit my relatives here in Ajuong Thok after sitting the secondary school national examination. I heard about this training opportunity just before my return to Juba and made up my mind to stay and send in my application. I made it to the shortlist and was among the successful candidates. I started my classes in auto-mechanics in September 2018. Although the training only takes 3 months, we were already combining theory and practical skills by the second week. I have gained competence in diagnostics and general service and carry general maintenance. I have also gained skills in basic store management. I thank AAH-I and UNHCR for this opportunity.”
“My family was almost reduced to begging.”
Murad Musa Karabel, 24 years
“I arrived in South Sudan in 2014, fleeing the war in my country Sudan. The highest price I paid for this displacement is that my education was interrupted. I got temporarily employed as a casual worker with Samaritan’s Purse in Yida. I was enjoying my job as a technician welder before my contract ended. This was difficult as I needed to support my wife and 3 children. We were almost reduced to beggars. I set up a bicycle repair shop at the market but I hardly made any profit.
“One day my wife told me about an advertisement at the notice board at the market. I was initially reluctant but got excited when I learnt that it was a training course on auto-mechanics. I was motivated to send in my application because I considered it related to welding skills I already had. My dream is to get employed and have a stable contract after graduation. But if this does not happen, I am well equipped to open my own mobile workshop if opportunities are not yet available.”
Murad continues. “Today I am servicing this big powered ARV Generator. I will change the engine oil and oil and air filters and replace the oil pump, motor and engine mounting. The training has helped me to be competent to carry out general inspection on any vehicle and generator. I am grateful to AAH-I for their support.”