Help Launch 2 New Courses

Help us buy the tools and equipment we need to launch the machining and carpentry courses at the new training center.

We have broken ground on the brand-new 16,000-square-foot training center that will be completed later this year and will eventually train 200 students yearly. The building will include four training labs where students will learn welding, solar technology, machining and carpentry. 

Over the last decade, we’ve found that WAVS students who learn these trade skills start earning a much higher income within one year of graduating. As a result, they now have the means to provide for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives – including paying for food, medicine and school fees for their children and relatives. Now, we’re ready to give hundreds of more young men and women the same opportunity to succeed! 

To launch these programs, we first need to purchase tools and machines for the students to use and practice their new skills. If we can raise $20,000 by the end of June, we’ll be able to purchase and ship over welders, drill presses, saws, and metalworking and woodworking lathes. These are the tools needed to run these training programs before the training center opens at the end of this year.

And thanks to a generous donor, all gifts made by June 24 will be matched, up to $10,000! 

Your gift today will help reach this goal and help give young men and women in one of the world’s smallest and poorest countries the tools they need to succeed in life.

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Help Launch 2 New Courses

Help us buy the tools and equipment we need to launch the machining and carpentry courses at the new training center.

Your gift today will help buy the tools and machines for students to learn and practice their new skills

Hand Tools
($25 each)



Purchase one of the tools each student will need for their course.



Hand Tools
($25 each)



Purchase one of the tools each student will need for their course.




Buy Tools

Drill Press
($100 towards a drill press)


Give toward buying one of the drill presses in the new training center.




Buy Drill Presses

Band Saws
($250 each)



Purchase a band saw for the new carpentry program.




Buy Band Saws

($500 each)



Equip the welding workshop with welders.





Buy Welders

Heavy Machinery


Invest in one of the key pieces of machinery that will be used at the training center.



Buy Machinery

The amounts shown above are representative of actual costs. Your gift will be used to purchase and deliver tools and machinery for the WAVS Training Center, though the specific item purchased with your gift will be determined by the needs of the training program.

Construction Progress


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Construction begins on the new Training Center at the Bissau campus.

Equip students like Cirilo so they can work for a brighter future

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.

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. After Cirilo graduated from the course he opened his own welding workshop.

Today, Cirilo earns a steady income and is able to provide for his wife and young son, as well as pay his brothers’ school fees.

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

Thanks to the skills he learned in the WAVS welding program, Cirilo has broken the cycle of poverty – and it’s had a ripple effect that extends far beyond just one person!

Today, you can give more young people like Cirilo the same opportunity to work for a brighter future.

Buy tools for students

See how this new training center fits into the vision for the Bissau campus

WAVS is building a new, 28-acre campus in the heart of Guinea-Bissau that will train five times an many students as we do today. Once complete, the campus will serve more than 2,000 students each year – all while sharing God’s love through word and deed.

Thanks to your generosity, Phase 1 and the Phase 2 second classroom building are complete. Your gift today will help us open the East Workshop Building that will complete Phase 2. 

Over the next seven years, WAVS will complete future phases that will include additional classroom buildings, workshops, a small café, guest house, a small hotel and a main “hub” center for the campus.

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