Carmen is bubbly, feisty, and makes friends with everyone she meets. Over the past few months Carmen has volunteered with Careerlinx, a partner non-profit organisation of CAST that is focused on empowering the unemployed and under-employed. For the past two years Carmen has been unemployed and looking for a permanent position, while still trying to support her mother and five year old daughter.
That all changed on her birthday last month, when Carmen was hired to work at Nylon and Conveyor Components (NCC) in Pinetown. She works in the front office doing admin, communicating with customers over the phone, completing invoices, and assisting with transport and those who work in the shop.
While Carmen loves her new job, the best part of her journey with Careerlinx and NCC has been growing in her walk with God. Before volunteering with Careerlinx, Carmen did not have a very strong relationship with God, but now that she is surrounded by a Christian environment, things are different. Every morning at NCC, the staff prays together as a team. Because Carmen works with other many other Christians, she finds it easier to focus on God.
Carmen is thankful for her new job at NCC. Careerlinx was also able to provide Carmen with new clothes for work through a generous donation. As a Mandela Day project, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided to donate clothing to unemployed individuals who are either looking for work or just starting a new job through Careerlinx. This wonderful donation will allow other individuals like Carmen to have new, professional clothes for interviews and work. Careerlinx and CAST would like to give a special thank you to Andrew Layman, Akash Singh, Shivani Singh, and all the staff at Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry for this helpful donation.
While Careerlinx is in its beginning stages, we pray that Carmen is the first of many individuals who will find permanent employment through the empowerment of this non-profit. Beyond just finding people employment, Careerlinx is committed to community upliftment as a partner of CAST. If you are interested in getting involved with this new CAST partner that links the unemployed with future employers, please contact the non-profit’s Executive Director, Rachel Engelbrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845561329.