SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda and DHL Express Rwanda have launched a youth employability program in Rwanda.
SOS Children’s Villages is an international non-profit organization with a mission to care for children and youth who have lost or who are at risk of losing parental care in more than 130 countries worldwide. SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda was established in 1979.
Currently, SOS Rwanda has 4 villages operating in 4 districts of the country: Gasabo, Gicumbi, Kayonza and Nyamagabe. SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda is implementing two major programs which are the alternative care program, providing care to abandoned children and vulnerable young people and the family strengthening program, empowering caregivers to provide for the needs of their children.
DHL is a corporate company and leading global brand in the logistics industry operating in more than 200 countries including Rwanda. Apart from logistics, DHL Express Rwanda has 4 pillars of corporate citizenship strategy including:
GOGREEN: environmental program initiated in 2003 to protect the environment against drought and reduce carbon dioxide gas emission into air;
GOHELP: a humanitarian program initiated in 2006 which saves lives of people facing natural calamities;
GOTEACH – youth program initiated in 2010 to empower youth to increase job readiness and creation of decent jobs for young people;
GOTRADE: a new program initiated in 2020 to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to improve marketing of their product through e-commerce.
SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda and DHL Express Rwanda have been collaborating for years without having a formal relationship. On Thursday 25th February 2021 both parties officially signed an initial five-year partnership agreement to implement GOTEACH, a program to address youth employability problems in Rwanda.
The five year partnership to implement GOTEACH program in Rwanda will open a door to many youths to have access mentorship, career guidance and career development skills to boost job readiness and their chances to get decent jobs. Globally, GOTEACH program has a target to create 214,000 decent jobs every year.
Mrs. Julie Mutoni, the Country Manager of DHL Express Rwanda explained that GOTEACH Program is one of corporate citizenship strategic pillars.
“Through the GOTEACH programme, we will enable and engage in providing youths living at SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda and other vulnerable in the communities with professional employability and social entrepreneurship training,” Julie said, adding that “DHL Express Rwanda through Corporate Social Responsibility has committed to empower young people with the skills they need to achieve an independent and sustainable life where they have decent jobs or are able to tap into decent job opportunities and entrepreneurship.”
Julie also highlighted that the lack of decent work and employment is a great challenge faced by many young people and called upon other corporates to join in supporting SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda in reaching out to children who lost or at risk of losing parental care and vulnerable youth.
“Young people need hands-on experience. GOTECH Program will offer internship opportunities to mentor and inspire young people. This program will support SOS Children’s Villages youth to make them ready for the job market because when they graduate from schools they always need orientation. DHL and SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda together can contribute to reduce unemployment that affects our young people,” Julie said.
Mr. Eghosa Erhumwunse, the Interim National National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda, said that the launch of the GOTECH Program is a great pride for SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda to empower young people to utilize their full potential and tap into opportunities for employment and economic transformation.
“With our partner DHL Express Rwanda through GOTECH program, young people will access training, mentorship and work experience to develop core skills required as they enter into the working world. Together, our aim is to build a better tomorrow, where no one is left behind,” Eghosa said.
Globally, DHL has established a partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International since more than 15 years ago. Every year, DHL and SOS Children’s Villages International partnership have a target to create 214,000 decent jobs, establish dialogues with approximately 4,000 young people and create more than 1,300 employees through GOTEACH Program.
GOTEACH Program includes mentoring, coaching, forums for educational and vocational guidance, capacity building for better employability and vocational training seminars.
Since 2011 until today, more than 600 SOS Children’s Village youths have completed internships at DHL, and more than 40 were able to secure full-time jobs in the company.
With the five–year agreement which officially launched today February 25th 2021, between SOS Children’s Villages Rwanda and DHL Express Rwanda, the number of partnerships between Deutsche Post DHL Group and SOS Children’s Villages internationally increased to 50 countries worldwide.