Carpentry is a valuable skill and capable woodworkers can make a decent living in almost any part of the world. Many of the students have shown a tremendous artistic talent which they may never have discovered had they not had the opportunity develop their skills.
In 2011 we started teaching woodworking classes at the orphanage. In 2012, thanks to a grant from the Family Care Foundation and other donations of equipment, we were able to expand our carpentry workshop to improve the quality of our training.
Using instructional videos, classes and hands-on training, the students learn to use a variety of tools including scroll saws, routers, planers, drill press, saws, lathes and hand tools. Over the past few years the students have learned to use the equipment and are making beautiful, hand turned wooden pens on a lathe, drawing and creating wood burning art projects and building furniture.
The workshop is a for-profit endeavor for the students to help teach them money management skills, products sold by the students are put into savings for them.