Rohingya Refugees in Lhokseumawe Learn New Skills

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Lhokseumawe and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia provides training for Rohingya refugees. They were taught welding and sewing skills.

Rohingya refugees at the Meunasah Mee Village Refugee Camp, Muara Dua District, Lhokseumawe City, learn welding skills. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LHOKSEUMAWE – Aksi Cepat Tanggap Lhokseumawe and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia volunteers continued assisting the Rohingya refugees at the Rohingya refugee camp in Meunasah Mee Village, Muara Dua District. The refugees were taught how to weld and sew.

On Wednesday (2/24/2021), the Rohingya women received training in sewing. They learned how to make pillowcases: measuring the materials, cutting the fabrics, to sewing them into pillowcases. ACT Lhokseumawe Program Coordinator Hidayatullah explained that this training aims to strengthen the Rohingya’s self-reliance.

"Alhamdulillah, the activity went well. Rohingya mothers and young girls were enthusiastic about the training. They started by making pillowcases. Some of them also learned to alter their dresses. Insha Allah, this training will be held for a few days a week," explained Hidayatullah.

The Rohingya men received welding training. They learned to make water dispenser racks and a set of chairs and table ordered by ACT. "Currently, we are focusing on teaching them the skills. If possible, one day we will focus on production,” said Hidayatullah.

Rohingya refugees in Lhokseumawe arrived in June and September. ACT has been assisting them, from providing food, healthcare services, as well as training in collaboration with other institutions. []