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Uzbekistan man trying to build a better future for his country, learns skills to bring back home

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A man trying to build a better future for his country is heading home to do so - using skills he learned right here in Fargo-Moorhead.

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Thanks, in part, to a local faith-based work training program.

Murad Ziyaev came here from Uzbekistan a year ago to learn about agricultural equipment. But he is leaving as a certified welder - and has plans to bring that skill to others back home.

This has been Murad Ziyaev's home for the past year.

At a send-off party in his honor, Murad says he can't wait to take what he's learned here and bring it home to Uzbekistan.

"We need to learn many things from the USA,” says welder Murad Ziyaev.

Murad came to Fargo in August with an International experience program to work with local farmers and learn about agricultural equipment, then, bring that knowledge back to the now 20-years-independent country.

After a few months, he decided to learn a new skill to help with equipment maintenance. He connected with Hope Skills, a faith-based work training program, to learn how to weld.

Mark Wagner/Hope Skills Training Center: "We work with people who need a little hope. We help men looking for hope, who society says maybe you’re not important to me but yet, you do realize that God does have a plan," says Mark Wagner who works at the Hope Skills Training Center.

It wasn't easy at first. Murad says he got so frustrated, he nearly quit.

"I said Mark, I don't think so, I cannot weld,” says Ziyaev.

Though Murad is Muslim, he says praying with Mark helped change his mind. He went on to become one of the program's first certified welders.

Now, he has plans to bring that skill back to Uzbekistan, he hopes to offer a welding course at a University back home.

"It should be good for them and get some skills," says Ziyaev.

Murad leaves for Uzbekistan later this month. Hope Skills will start its second year of welding classes this September.

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