Community Development Program
The MCW Community Development Program develops and supports community centers as spaces for skills development, entrepreneurship and social services for youth living in underserved communities. MCW currently has 4 centers: Rwanda (1), Tanzania (2) and Zambia (1). Tailored to the unique needs of the community, each center offers youth the opportunity to enroll in low-cost vocational courses, IT/computer training courses and social programs. The vocational and IT classes are offered at a nominal fee to encourage youth to make a real investment in themselves; the social programs are free for the community. These programs are subsidized by micro-enterprises. The idea behind our centers is to provide youth with the skills and experience to compete for jobs and earn a living in their country.
Critical to the sustainability of an MCW center is the commitment to empower the community to oversee and operate the centers. In each country where MCW works, it establishes a locally-registered organization, such as Miracle Corners-Tanzania (MC-T), which is led by a Board of Directors comprised of local stakeholders representing public bodies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and MCW-New York. The Board is a volunteer body responsible for all fiduciary, programmatic, and legal issues.
Low Cost - High Quality Education
MCW offers high-quality, low-cost vocational training courses (e.g. sewing, construction, handicrafts and plumbing) to youth. At some centers, courses are offered at 20% of the market rate, enabling many segments of the population, who otherwise might not have been able to afford the fees, to register for classes.
MCW works with local Boards of Directors in each country to make the center(s) sustainable both in financial and organizational terms. As a first step, MCW raises funds to build the center, often with complementary support from local governments. Then, the Board designs plans for the development of skills development courses and IGAs, whose revenue and profits support the center’s operating expenses. This allows the centers to offer courses at a lower rate than similar schools in the community or country.
Bringing value to the communities where we work, our centers offer a number of social programs based on the specific needs of the community. Designed by the local Board of Directors, these programs range from youth group activities to trauma counseling and from performing arts and sports to reading comprehension.