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[Iraq]Launch of vocational training for returnees in Sinjar

Ninewa Governorate has the largest number of returnees in Iraq with the number of 1.95 million. In order to improve the livelihoods of the returnees, Peace Winds, as an implementing partner of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), has been providing vocational training for Builder (Mason), Electric Work, House Maintenance and White Wash to a total of 100 returnees (females and males) in Solagh village, Sinjar District since May this year. For female trainees, business start-up training is also provided.

Female trainees in white wash training
Trainees in learning how to build a brick wall

A unique feature of this support is that after the training, which includes practical training, the trainees have the opportunity to actually use the skills they have acquired to gain work experience in a similar sector in their local area. With limited skilled manpower and employment opportunities to resume life in the destroyed areas, it is important to create opportunities for returnees to acquire skills and gain employment themselves. In order to ensure that the vocational training is meaningful and practical for returnees, Peace Winds conducted interviews with key stakeholders such as local authorities, community leaders and relevant organizations, focus group discussions in the target areas, and individual assessments of potential trainees prior to planning the vocational training course. In addition, by considered the local culture and the voices from the field, we included females in our target beneficiaries because they are in a more difficult position to obtain a job. Based on the assessment and consideration, we finalized the course content and selected trainees. Female participants receive vocational training for White Wash and gain experience through house repair work.

Female trainees in painting a ceiling
Trainees in learning building techniques
Vocational training at the site

Through this project, Peace Winds is taking a step towards creating sustainable change and improving living conditions through the power of skill development and employment generation. We will continue to provide needed assistance for people in the returnee areas of Ninewa Governorate.
This project is funded by UN-Habitat with funding from the Japanese Government and generous donations from our supporters. Thank you for your continuing support.

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