CFPC is a vocational construction training centre founded in 2009 on 10 acres of land donated by a village. The centre is the result of a burden that God placed on the hearts of a Canadian couple to meet the need in Burkina Faso to provide young Burkinabe men with trade skills in a Christian environment. Prior to moving to Burkina Faso in 2010, the founders owned a drywall construction business in Canada.
Training is free for every student enrolled at CFPC. Each course runs for two years and the emphasis is on practical “on the job” training. Programs are available for a variety of construction trades and were developed for young men with basic education qualifications. Training takes place both on-site at CFPC building projects and off-site at projects awarded to CFPC in the area. CFPC employs local skilled tradesmen to help teach the students the practical skills required to graduate from the programs.
Students also receive in class theoretical training for the construction trade they have chosen. They are taught French (the language of business in Burkina Faso) and mathematics by skilled instructors. Graduating students’ qualifications are recognized by the Burkina Faso Ministry of Youth and Employment. Funding is provided mainly by one-time and monthly donations.
Detailed Implementation Plan
CFPC has been diligently working on the welding building and the construction is moving along well and according to schedule! The building will be ready to start having classes in October.
We have continued to teach classes in masonry and carpentry and are getting ready to introduce welding as well. Pastors have been coming to share Bible lessons with the students and teachers are diligently teaching a variety of subjects. The educational quality at CFPC is improving and this is shown in the great results on the CQP certificate. This required the 12 students and their instructors to spend 8 days in Loumbila. All of the students passed all the examinations and the examiners realized that the CFPC students had a lot of practical skills and experience.
In the next six months, we will:
- Continue the vocational training activities
- Start up a welding program in October and hire a new instructor to lead it
- Finish the electrical in the welding building before October
- Host a community outreach camp during the Christmas break (this is in the early planning stages)
Stories of Transformation
Wendynide and Issouf are two recent graduates of CFPC who came to visit the program recently. These two young men were very excited to share about all the work that they were able to do after returning to their small village and looking for work in the capital. Wendynide and Issouf moved into a relative’s small house and began searching for work with a contractor. It was not long until others started to see their high quality of work and hire them independently. All of a sudden they had become entrepreneurs!
These two young men diligently saved money to buy more tools and a motorcycle so that they could expand their business. They even had to hire 2 more people to help them. When they were asked if they wanted to help with construction at CFPC they were forced to decline it because they were just so busy!
These young men were happy to be working hard, earning a living, and being able to give back. Wendynide’s father came by later on a motorcycle that his son had bought for him. Never in his life had he owned a motorcycle and he wanted to thank CFPC for all the training and dignity his son received through his new job. Moments like this are glimpses of what transformation can look like – being productive, giving back to others and having a spirit of thankfulness!
Our Burkinabe administrator visited Canada in the spring (after graduating from a seminary school with a bachelor’s degree in Theology!). His time was spent travelling with the founders and friends he had made in Canada, speaking at the Annual CFPC Gala and sharing his knowledge with the iTeams Canada office. It was a real pleasure to have such an instrumental leader of CFPC here in Canada with us!
CFPC’s Program Champion visited CFPC in January, and another Canadian couple visited Burkina Faso in February for 4 weeks and worked alongside the administrator and the teachers to help increase the educational quality at CFPC.
|Total Income January-June 2017:||$67,660|
|Total Expenses January-June 2017:||$52,195|
|Overall 2017 Budget||$88,844|