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CEMREST ORGANIZES A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP FOR AFRICAN MIGRANTS IN ANTWERPEN

CEMREST ORGANIZES A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP FOR AFRICAN MIGRANTS IN ANTWERPEN

After successfully organizing plumbing workshops in Brussels and Mechelen it was the turn of the African migrants in Antwerp. With funds from Fonds Ernest du Bois, about 116 African migrants of different nationalities and residents of Antwerp participated in a hands-on plumbing workshop aimed mainly to enable women to make minor repairs to the water system. The initiator of the project, Morfaw Rene from CEMREST NGO, explained to the participants that due to the lack of modern water systems at their home in Africa, it is a challenge for most African migrants to repair minor water problems at home. He explained that the purpose of this workshop was especially to teach women how to unclog the sink, repair a leaking faucet and solve minor water problems at home. He told participants that if a water leak in their homes and clogged sinks are repaired in a timely manner, it saves money and prevents water wastage. It will also save time.

Participants were trained on insulating the water supply, repairing a leaky faucet, retrieving something from a U-turn and unclogging a clogged sink. They were also taught in all kinds of essential plumbing matters that you could do yourself without the cost of hiring an expert. Participants were also educated and shown which products they need to buy to clean their sink, as well as opening a clogged sink.

At the end of the workshop, the participants were up and thanked CEMREST for the knowledge gained. One of the participants, Ms Basaka, confirmed to us that the knowledge gained will enable her to carry out minor repairs at home without relying on her partner or a technician. This was the opinion of most participants.

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