The Welder

He grew up in one of the world’s poorest countries. As a child, he nearly died from malaria. But this dad found a way to work for a brighter future.

Sponsor a student like Cirilo

The odds were against him.

Cirilo was born in Guinea-Bissau, a country where most people earn less than $2 a day. As a child, he suffered from severe malaria and nearly died.

Despite these challenges, Cirilo managed to finish high school (which is no small accomplishment in a country where the average person only completes 6 years of school).

After high school, Cirilo knew he wanted something more for his family than the extreme poverty he was born into. But he was unemployed and had no job skills. He had no idea what to do next.

That’s when he heard about the WAVS vocational school’s nine-month welding course. He immediately enrolled. By 2016, Cirilo had graduated from the course and opened his own welding workshop.

Today, Cirilo earns a steady income. A few years ago, he decided to start a family of his own. He knew that he was able to provide for one now.

Meanwhile, Cirilo also helps others achieve the same success he’s found in life. At his workshops, he has several apprentices. He’s paid for two of them to attend the same WAVS welding course that changed his life.

Like Cirilo, the apprentices have opened their own shops after graduating. One was even so successful that he expanded his business to the capital city, Bissau.

Breaking the cycle of poverty has a ripple effect that extends far beyond just one person.

Despite being the youngest of four siblings, Cirilo is pays the school fees for his brothers to attend university. Cirilo’s son will not grow up in the same life of poverty as he died.

Thousands of people in Guinea-Bissau are just like Cirilo — young men and women born into a life of poverty. By sponsoring a WAVS student, you can help give them the opportunity to work for a brighter future!

Each WAVS student pays a small part of their tuition costs.
Generous sponsors help cover the rest.