HANDS’ local partner organization on this project, Think And Do, has provided vocational training to over 13,300 Egyptians since 1998. The program targets economically vulnerable residents in rural and urban areas of Egypt, offering them a chance to learn a marketable skill (including carpentry, professional driving, hair-styling, secretarial work, computer maintenance, and sewing), which can help them find employment and create better lives for themselves and their families. After ten days of training and equipped with a tool kit upon graduation, the trainees are able to start working as apprentices in their villages. Eighty percent of those trained have found work following program completion. The program also assists trainees to develop self-confidence and a proactive attitude.

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