A Skill Enhancement Program
The economic base of the Yetebon community has traditionally been subsistence farming with little opportunity to improve family economic standing without moving to a larger city. It is the hope of Project Mercy® to train up the men in viable trades that can help them earn a fair income and to introduce the artisan culture for women through skill training and the establishment of viable associations so they can market their crafts.
Skill enhancement focuses on adults seeking to acquire new skills or upgrade their skills.
These skill enhancement adult students are offered basic education, training that contributes to their personal development, skills to increase her/his productivity and income. This training can also be beneficial to those with disabilities as they can work at their pace and by using the strengths they have. Skill enhancement training is often the most practical of options to support themselves and their family as these foster self-employment. Project Mercy provides various training, in skills that are both marketable and culturally acceptable. Also, skill options are available that appeal to both men and women.
In addition, students who did not achieve a passing grade to continue preparation for further education and who also cannot join the government vocational training alternatives after 10th and 12th grades can still enroll in the Project Mercy Skill Enhancement program. Project Mercy provides skill enhancement for youth to develop the practical, intellectual and social skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
Several local entrepreneurs learned their trades through Project Mercy’s programs, [including those involved in construction trades who first learned to make bricks or mold iron with us.] This income diversification helps to lessen the effects of climate change on rural economies. Skill enhancement programs also contribute to Project Mercy's sustainability efforts. For example, teaching construction skills to local farmers resulted in a trained workforce that built much of the infrastructure for Project Mercy. Teaching crafts to local artisans produce income-generating goods that help support the ministry. The two-story children's dormitory in Yetebon was built entirely from revenue generated by the sale of handmade bead bracelets. When adults participate in the skill enhancement programs, their children benefit as well by seeing parents demonstrate the importance of continuous improvement, skill building and lifelong learning.