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Peru church plans vocational training

About five years ago, a Church of Christ in the South American city of Ica, Peru, launched a feeding program for impoverished youths in its neighborhood.
Many children who came into the church through the program are approaching their teenage years. The teens will be expected to support their families, but few have marketable skills, said Bridgette Foote, a member of the Beltline Church of Christ in Decatur, Ala., which supports the work.
The Ica church’s minister, Paulino Chalco, wants his congregation to help.
Chalco, who trained as a shoemaker, plans to pass along his skills to interested youths. Another church member, Norma Chacon, is a seamstress who once owned a retail store and plans to teach sewing.
“So there is a need right now for the accumulation of sewing machines and the various tools needed in the manufacture of leather shoes,” Foote said.

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