MAN supports SOS Children's Villages in Ethiopia
Whether donating funds and supplies, transferring knowledge, or employee volunteering—MAN has shown it is a partner that SOS Children’s Villages can count on. Around the globe, MAN makes a valuable contribution to educational programs aimed at children and young people
In Ethiopia MAN is supporting the professionals of tomorrow by funding a vocational-technical school.
MAN`s partnership with SOS Children’s Villages began in 2008 with its sponsorship of the SOS Vocational Training College (VTC) in Kality, Ethiopia—an initiative that promises long-term benefits by focusing on education. MAN’s ongoing assistance has allowed the financing of several vocational programs—engine service and maintenance and drive-system and automotive mechanics—as well as the construction of an additional college building.
Not only has MAN contributed financial aid totaling €600,000 for investments and maintenance, but professional support and knowledge transfer as well. MAN has provided the accredited vocational college with access to an MAN expert to teach special training courses, not to mention MAN equipment to practice on in classes—such as axle drives, truck instrument systems, driver’s cabs, and even an entire truck.
This assistance allows the young adults attending the VTC to receive a top-notch vocational-technical education. The success of the program is demonstrated by the almost 60 graduates who started careers as automobile mechanics in 2014, for example – paving the way for a brighter future.