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The Vocational Training Program in North-Sudan

The purpose of this program, created in 1990, is to help the population living in displaced camps, in the outskirts of Khartoum, to become self-sufficient.
It has gradually developed, culminating in 2006 with the training of nearly 2 000 adults (men and women) in five centres.

Since then, its activity has declined for three main reasons:

  • a lack of funding due to the global financial crisis;

  • for years, international NGOs had agreed with SVDP to outsource adults training in our workshops; but many organizations had to leave the country after the arrest warrant decided in March 2009 by the International Criminal Court against Sudanese President on counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

  • first the forecasted partition of the country, and then the creation of the new State of South Sudan in 2011, have brought about the return of hundreds of thousands of displaced people in their region of origin.

In 2011, the Wad El Bashir centre has trained about 170 adults.
This centre provides training in carpentry, masonry, welding, electricity, tailoring, secretariat / computer and refrigeration / air-conditioning.

Each training course lasts approximately 6 months. This may seem too short a period for getting enough experience, but the IDPs are badly in need of a quick training program to become self-reliant in the shortest possible time.

The UN, through the UNIDO (United Nations Industry Development Organization) has assessed our vocational program and called it "an excellent quick impact project".

Another centre, in Gabarona, has provided courses in Health / HIV awareness / hygiene / first aid (in collaboration with the Red Crescent) to 150 adults in 2011. The graduates have the possibility to continue their training in hospital, and sometimes they are then hired as medical assistants.

Nearly 60% of the graduates find a job within two months (half of them are self-employed).

Many graduates of our training have used their skills to help rebuild their region of origin, in the South.


Since January 2015, ASASE stopped supporting this program, and all humanitarian programs implemented since 1986 in Sudan.

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