WAVS receives federal grant from U.S. Embassy


Kristin Kane, Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, visits a WAVS school English class on Nov. 8 during her visit to Canchungo.

I’m excited to announce that WAVS received its first federal grant last month. The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar awarded WAVS $8,500 to help start the school’s welding program. These funds will help cover the costs of supplies and materials needed for students to learn an important trade that is in growing demand in Guinea-Bissau. The course is taught by an experienced Bissau-Guinean welding instructor and includes both hands-on practical teaching, as well as classroom instruction.

Kristin Kane, Public Affairs Office with the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, visited Canchungo for her first time on Nov. 8 so that she could see the school herself.

“It was very impressive to see the impact the school is having on the community,” Kane said. “Clearly, it is a well-managed and student-focused school that provides Canchungo youth opportunities to develop skills that will allow them to earn an income and, ideally, to teach others. I hope to visit again soon.”