This program was created to teach and train young people that were involved in gang activity and heading down a dangerous path, a skill that would enable them to make an honest living.
The Project trains former street gang youth in life-skills and general carpentry skills. Their teacher and mentor – affectionately called “Abuelo” (Grandfather) – is a retired carpenter. He demonstrates skills and technique. His burly callused hands are a testament to a lifetime of working with wood and tools. The boys watch him skillfully plane wood, sketch a line, sharpen the tools or fit a hinge. Then he moves station-to-station answering questions from each young trainee.
Twelve teens are currently in the carpentry-training program. In the past year, 22 boys have been trained, 20 of which are employed as carpenters.
The Carpentry Training Workshop is being relocated from Managua to a new facility at the Los Braziles Ministry Center. Mario Avilés, CHRF board member, inspects the nearly completed workshop.
This program has allowed 40 young men, formerly running wild in the streets, to be changed – many now married with their own families. The most important lessons these young men learn – aside from making an honest living – is the daily instruction they receive regarding principles, ethics, and living a life that glorifies God. This produces the changes, transformed lives, and living testimonies that impact the community and our nation.