Skills training and employment

A vast majority of our clients are street based persons using drugs and often living in extreme poverty. Clients who decide to quit drugs often face unemployment and due to years of chaotic drug use those who even find work often cannot retain it. Since mid-90’s NZ have emphasized on the importance of providing clients in addition to drug, HIV and AIDS related services opportunities to learn skills and seek employment to gain socio-economic integration.

Skills Training

We have set up sustainable projects with in Nai Zindagi. Clients who quit drugs and do not have an employment opportunity attend skills training.

We provide skills training in HIV prevention and out-reach work, vegetable and table grape farming, wood work and furniture making, engine and motor repairing, metal and lathe work, breeding and training show quality Labradors, leather and canvas goods.

Clients are assessed based on their health condition and aptitude for learning skills and are paid a salary during skills training.

In-house employment.

Permanent employment is provided to clients who complete the training and depends on the financial sustainability of the training unit.

Most of our training programs are self-sustaining, however due to limited financial contributions we cannot offer this opportunity to all in need.

Skills training and employment particularly provides clients living with HIV the opportunity to stabilize their life style and access AIDS related treatment being provided by the Public sector a pre-requisite to access ART in Pakistan.

Open market employment.

We encourage clients who we cannot employ to revert back to their vocation of origin e.g. driver, electrician, farmer, etc.

Because of the stability provided during the skills training program a large number manage to re-connect with families of origin and regain trust.

This often results in an acceptance by the family and opportunities for employment within the family set up if it exists.

Trained clients also seek to set up small enterprises to become self-employed.