At our Craft Centre young women have the opportunity to become seamstresses. In addition, we have incorporated topics into our training curriculum that are intended to strengthen the women in their everyday lives. These include Reproductive health, safe motherhood, contraception and HIV prevention as well as various life skills and gender-based violence prevention.
Now for the first time since the foundation of the Centre, we held a real graduation Ceremony
Thirteen girls and young women aged between 13 and 25 years old graduated. Four of them were mothers, why they profited from our playroom, where the children could stay while they were working. The training lasted for six months, five days a week. It was a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge they gathered throughout their training. The final exam was also both practical and theoretical.
It wasn’t an easy time for the girls and young women though. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had to shut down the Craft Centre for two weeks. The floods not only caused damage at our Community Centre, but worse, it damaged the houses of the young women. This is why we are even more proud of them to have successfully finished the training.
All graduates received a certificate and a Singer sewing machine to start their own business.
By the way: The graduation gowns you see in the picture were made by them.