Small Engines, Big Dreams

Ngukurr is a large community some 300km south east of Katherine. When local men approached ICV seeking assistance to run a small engines training and maintenance program, volunteer, Ken jumped at the opportunity.

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Ngukurr is a large community some 300km south east of Katherine. When local men approached ICV seeking assistance to run a small engines training and maintenance program, volunteer, Ken jumped at the opportunity.

Ken and his wife, Judy travelled to Ngukurr and spent three weeks living and working alongside the community. Ken and the men of Ngukurr formed a great relationship and Ken was able to share his knowledge with them.

The local men of Ngukurr wanted to develop their skills in order to be able to repair small engines. With these skills they hoped to eventually gain ongoing employment and tender for small contracts within the community.

The project was a great success with 17 local men participating. During the course of the project they worked to fix over 20 lawn mowers and whipper snippers. Some of the local men went on to produce a video and a training manual which can be used as a resource to teach others.

The enthusiasm of the local men to learn new skills was apparent. After just two weeks they were taking the lawn mowers home to cut the grass in their yards and generally tidying up the community. And on the day Ken returned home some of the participants were still in the workshop tinkering on the machines.

With their new skills the men now have the confidence to continue their training and gain employment.

The open and friendly partnership between Ken and the local men has created lasting friendships and Ken is still in touch with many of them, receiving regular updates on their progress.

The Ngukurr community have now invited ICV back to work with local women on a beauty training project.