Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training

 
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Beneficiaries
Beneficiaries

Thank YOU for your generous support. Because of YOU, our project organized new training sessions in adult literacy, Mathematics, and Tie Dye. Ladies attending classes in Tie Dye were enabled to start a small business that will help develop their economic independence and self-esteem.

Our partners, ‘Women with a Mssion for Development in Cote d’Ivoire’ and New Life Project Inc. provided support to two women small business owners in need of financial help. The assistance they received enabled them to boost their income generating activity and help finance the education of their daughters.

Our ladies are grateful for all the support they have received and the difference it is making in their lives. It has motivated them to pursue their dreams, develop their independence, and support their family and society.

From heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for your continued support.

Practical Training Session
Practical Training Session
Training Session
Training Session

Thank YOU for your generous support. Because of YOU recent graduates of our project, Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training, have taken the first step toward starting small businesses.

Our partner, New Life Project Inc. helps empower young women by establishing them in their own business after the completion of the vocational training program. It gives us great joy to notify our sponsors that we opened bank accounts for our ladies to help them establish their own business. This is a stepping stone to accomplishing economic independence which will equally boast their self-esteem.

Our ladies are grateful for all the support they have received and the difference it is making in their lives. Having an account in their name for the first time is quite a big step to success. It has motivated them to pursue their dreams, develop their lives and equally support their family and society.

From heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for the generous support we’ve received.

Classes
Classes

The Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training Project is very grateful for the support received from our donors. The Project is presently reaching out to economically disadvantage young women in Azope, a town located south of Ivory Coast. Twenty-five (25) ladies received basic training in Tie & Dye as well as Business Management to assist them with managing their own business after training. Most of these ladies are school drop-outs, who as a result of poverty have not been able to further their education.

Our presence in Azope has really been a blessing to the community especially to parents who have been looking for ways to assist their children acquire education. The training sparked new hope in them and motivated a desire to pursue their dreams.

As a result of their interests to further their education, we have selected fifteen (15) ladies who will receive further training in Tie & Die including creative ideas for home decorations. Starting in June 2014, the training is scheduled for a period of one year, with the goal of establishing them in their own business.

In collaboration with other organizations specialized in health counseling and HIV/AIDS, several health awareness campaigns were organized to educate the community especially young ladies on the danger of unprotected sex with emphasis on abstinence. Most ladies had the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

The donations created the opportunity for us to touch their lives and make a difference in this impoverished town. We thank our sponsors for their generous support.

Counselling Sessions
Counselling Sessions
Tie and Dye Practical
Tie and Dye Practical

Dear Friends

Thanks so much for your support over the past months.  The funds you donated have been used to help provide training and empower the lives of disadvantaged women.  All previous funding has been used to further this project and we are happy about what we were able to accomplish together.  Thanks so much for your support!

Due to a break down in commmunication, we have decided to temporarily pause this project.  When we have this sorted out, we hope to resume this project and look forward to continuing in the future.  Should you be interested in supporting another worthy, related project - please visit and donate towards our other GlobalGiving project  - providing vital vocational training

Thanks again and best wishes

The Ivory Coast as you may know has been through a turbulent political period.  After elections last year, a violent four-month power struggle and war ensued that displaced an estimated one million people. Businesses and life as normal were disrupted and overturned.  Banks, shops, money wiring establishments were all closed.  Thankfully, the situation is now under control and the UN is appealing for rapid restoration of order (see link to article). 

We are grateful to God for sparing the lives of our ladies during this recent war.  Some of the ladies in the group travelled to safer zones with the help of their embassies and government officials.  Our director was robbed of her cell phone. Unfortunately the businesses of the beneficiaries were also affected when the rebels entered the city. 

It was impossible to receive supplies of goods from wholesalers - due to imposed embargo and road blocks from agricultural provinces where rebels were in charge.  There was constant threat against certain foreign nationals and citizens, which made it unsafe in their market places. Some of our ladies were also constantly harassed while selling their goods.  Some of their debtors fled the country without settling their bills. Since the end of the crisis, three of the ladies are struggling to get their businesses back on their feet because of the scarcity of people in our area.  Others are faced with limited finances and goods to pick up from where they left off.

The outreach teams have made two visits to our recruitment sites to check on the welfare of our ladies and start the selection process for potential participants for our upcoming training project in September 2011.  Eighteen of these ladies are still in the area and they are living under difficult conditions.   We have assessed the situation and 12 of these ladies are willing to participate in our September education program, while others long to travel out of Ivory Coast in search of greener pastures.

In these tough times, as people work towards restoring their lives and businesses, the importance of the training and support that we together help to provide cannot be overemphasized. In my reading and research, an article on technical and vocational training caught my attention:

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has emerged as one of the most effective human resource development strategies that African countries need to embrace in order to train and modernize their technical workforce for rapid industrialization and national development.


TVET will play continue to play an important and increasing role - particularly now as the country tries to get back on its feet. 

We are definitely on the right track and welcome your support as we help these ladies get back on their feet. Thanks for your support!

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Organization

Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Sylvester Renner

Founder
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training