Fathers and sons learn a trade together


June 13, 2012

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Photo Credit: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps

Multiple generations are learning new job skills like carpentry in Afghanistan's Helmand province, where decades of conflict have limited opportunities to earn an income. Fathers and sons often enroll in Mercy Corps' vocational training program together, where they can choose from three-to-six month courses like this and others in tailoring, engine repair, IT, English and more.

The goal is not only to help students support themselves, but through interactions across generational, ethnic and tribal lines, to guide them away from violence and toward positive habits that strengthen their families and communities.

Read more about Mercy Corps' vocational training program from Afghanistan Country Director David Haines, and watch a video about how the program is changing the lives of women as well.