A skills training center for returned migrants and vulnerable groups of women was opened in Ashgabat for those who wish to acquire new skills and contribute to the country’s economy.
The center is a part of a USAID-funded grant to the civil society organization Yenme, which provides legal, social, medical, and psychological support and shelter for male and female victims of trafficking and returned migrants. The Turkish Airlines Office in Turkmenistan and the Ish Nokady Company contributed to this initiative.
The efforts of USAID will empower the center’s trainees by developing their soft skills in preparation for employment in the garment and textile sectors. The center also offers advice on safe migration. Yenme will assist trainees in obtaining job possibilities with enterprises and businesses in Ashgabat and other provinces, thereby helping in the retention of trained and skilled workers in the country.
Addressing the participants of the opening ceremony of the center, Ms. Änjali Kaur, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia, noted that “Yenme and civil society organizations will remain USAID’s trusted partners in making migration safer for all migrants. USAID welcomes new private sector partners who want to support these efforts, so that they can be replicated countrywide. I am convinced that by working hand in hand with the Government of Turkmenistan, civil society, private companies and other partners, we are contributing to sustainable and equitable economic growth in Turkmenistan and in the region, while also safeguarding the rights of migrants.” ///nCa, 17 May 2023 (photo source – USAID Bureau for Asia)