Thabiso – Bricklaying Skills Development Course

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Diocese of Kroonstad

The Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad was estabilished on the 11 January 1951 under the auspices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference. It is a rural diocese. Its membership is approximately 72 000. It covers an area of 30 000sq.km. Mining and farming were the main source of income but now, with the closure of many mines and farms, poverty and unemployment is high.

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—The Thabiso Skills Development was started in 2007 and was named after the late Bishop Brenninkmeijer, who was fondly known as Thabiso which means “Joyful”. The centre was started to assist the community and its people. So many school leavers do not know what to do with their future and come from poor communities where they lack role models that do skilled jobs. —South Africa is also in need of skilled workers especially in a number of key trades. —Thabiso provides its learners with a basic skill at a very low cost. If we can sponsor candidates through funds we raise we are able to help more people.

Project Description

Our construction industry needs people with skills! Thabiso Joyful Bricklaying Skills Development is giving young people a skill in Bricklaying to get a job in an industry where these skills are scarce. Many of these young people have families which are dependent upon them. With a job they can help support their families.

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Project Description in detail

The Bricklaying Skills Course begins with a Life Skills module of two weeks, which equips the students with skills and knowledge about managing themselves successfully in the world of work. We offer these courses four times in the year and we try to accommodate 14 students in each rotation.

After the Life Skills Module, the students move on to the bricklaying course where they are trained according to strict building regulations and standards. They learn brickwork, plastering & tiling. They also learn how to dig foundations, pour concrete, design arches, erect 100% upright walls, as well as techniques of door framing, wall and floor tiling and installation of baths. Our training programme has a high reputation and our graduates find employment easily.

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Why do we need your backing?

Give a young person the means to learn basic bricklaying skills, access a job and build their self-respect! Help us skill them and build their hope! We aim to raise R42 000 to cover the bursaries for 14 students each time we run the course. Every R3000 (about US$300) that we raise allows us to fund a student’s tuition and reduce the amount they would have to raise themselves.

Donate a bursary for the Bricklaying Skills course R3 000.

If We raise more than Our target amount, this is how we will use the money

Thabiso skills development centre runs a number of programmes across various disciplines. If we raise more than we need for this programme we will re-direct the funds to students in our other courses so that the focus remains on social upliftment through practical adult education.

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