We exist, to empower people with little access to options, through opportunities that can enable them to take their own steps forward. Our goal is to provide transitional pathways for people. We can’t provide all the answers, just opportunities for people to answer questions for themselves.
What we believe…
We believe that when you combine knowledge with opportunity and give people the chance to advocate for themselves, that they will. We believe that this is the most effective way to create longterm change. What we are providing is empowerment— for each person to pursue success and to define what that opportunity means, for themselves.
What we do…
Through our Apprenticeship Programs and Community Sustainability Projects, we work towards expanding community and individual potential. We believe that by increasing practical abilities and vocational opportunities, people can find success through expanded options. We provide job/skills/business training, knowledge and new methods of sustainable food production— to people that are eager to learn new skills, enhance existing ones and to develop more efficient ways to use their resources.
Our work promotes a foundational community connection and encourages individuals to move away from a lifestyle of dependency and apathy, into one of effort and integrity. We expand vocational abilities, build confidence and guide young people towards opportunities to use their skills and talents to live sustainably. We work alongside communities, to model what it is to work hard and achieve success.
Our programs teach problem solving, innovation and excellence. Our goal is for each apprentice to complete their program, with a certificate and more importantly with marketable vocational skills and knowledge that empowers them to keep improving their skills and potential. We set expectations and the levels of their practical training high, to help them exceed industry norms and to create in demand levels of performance. We build a foundation of integrity and strong work ethics that create responsible workers, trust-worthy employees and business owners, and a climate of positive community contributors. We believe that empowering young people with vocational skills, will provide doorways that enable them to accomplish financial sustainability. Our apprentices leave programs with a variety of trade skills, practical experience, and the trade tools to begin their own small businesses, or to be an asset to any employer.
Skilled trades-persons with integrity, are a valuable staple for the positive growth and productivity of any community. Our programs encourage individual success, while also providing a skilled work force and improved industry standards, to developing countries. Our programs and methods open the minds of young people and communities to their own potential. We increase the levels of skill and knowledge within their grasp— to promote new levels of personal success. We provide enhanced access to tangible skills, experience in applying those skills, the marketability of providing high quality work and build firm foundations of integrity, creating a very powerful and practical hope.
WHAT YOU'RE SUPPORTING
We are currently expanding our vocational training in East Africa, through construction of a Vocational Apprenticeship Center near Namuzikiza, Mukono, Uganda. This Center will provide hands-on training in skills, such as; welding, woodworking, construction, masonry, plumbing, electrical engineering, tailoring, baking, aquaponics and agriculture. We will expand from there. We focus on skills that make sense to the in-demand industry needs of Uganda. This facility is a place, where young people and single mothers have an opportunity to achieve excellence in practical skills, through hands-on Apprenticeship Programs. We provide training in skills, as well as small business and accounting management education- to provide opportunities for longterm achievement and new roads towards sustainable futures.
We believe that community is the most important part of developing individuals. And we believe that individuals are the most important part of developing strong community. We lead construction and sustainability projects, that directly impact communities. We utilize these projects to develop practical job skills for young men and women that are participating in our vocational programs. These projects are diverse and are structured to meet direct community needs, such as; Aquaponic agriculture, irrigation and composting, horticulture, housing improvements, school or community latrine/toilet, boreholes and more.
There are a plethora of needs for sponsorship. Sponsoring a young person or child provides new opportunities for growth, through education. Many families are simply unable to meet the financial obligations of school fees, in Uganda and greater East Africa. You can make a fantastic impact on a child and their family, by gifting them the ability to attend school. Here are a few ways to be a part of sponsoring hope:
- Sponsor a child in Uganda, whose family cannot meet the standard cost of school fees.
- Sponsor a young person to attend one of our Vocational Apprenticeship Programs. Programs are 1 year, 2 year and 1-2 weeks Specialized workshops training events.
- Sponsor a single mother to find new options. Training sponsorship can also include housing available for her and her children, while attending one of our programs. This opportunity creates hope, by providing practical and new ways to support their families.
All funding for Develop Sustainability Staff is acquired and distributed, separately of any project funds. Each staff person is responsible for procuring and providing their own funding to cover living expenses in Uganda and any other salary needs. Please donate towards our staff and keep the movement of our vision for a more sustainable Africa moving.
HELP Make a DIFFERENCE
We provide developing communities with sustainability solutions such as self-sustaining fish farms, the building of vocational schools, and hospitality management.