Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

 
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Plastering and roofing of building
Plastering and roofing of building

Warm greetings

A couple project reports back, we reported that a new building was being constructed to house the ladies at Door of Hope training institute.  We are happy to report that the building is almost complete and the ladies have already started using the building. 

This is great news and we are very happy for the progress as this provides a great foundation and learning environment.  This provides stability and room for growth.  Previously, the ladies had been cramped in a small room and were actually holding classes outside under a tree - exposed to the elements.  Thanks to the support from one of our partners, the ladies additionally have 10 new sewing machines.  Our ladies are overwhelmed with joy. 

Overall the progress in the past months has been tremendous and we are deeply grateful for your involvement that has helped us get there.  Without your support, this would not have been possible.

If you ever have plans to visit Sierra Leone, you are more than welcome to stop by and meet the smiling ladies at this training institute. We would be so happy to receive you.

Our future plans include purchasing additional sewing machines like those pictured.  Should you have access to sewing machines like these, we would love to receive them.  If you do not have access to sewing machines like these, please help us purchase one by making a donation today.

best wishes

Happy ladies in new building with new machines
Happy ladies in new building with new machines
One happy recipient
One happy recipient
Ladies at Tailoring Department
Ladies at Tailoring Department

Dear friends:

Looking Back: As we approach the end of the year, on behalf of all the beneficiaries, I would like to say a big "Thank You" for your support over 2011.  Over the course of this year we have together helped to support the Door of Hope Tailoring Institute.  The Institute empowers teenage girls that have dropped out from school or did not have the opportunity to go to school, helping pregnant women and mothers to be self reliant.  They have the opportunity to learn tailoring and on completion to launch their own business. 

Thanks in part to your support, tremendous progress has been made over the past year as follows:

  • Lessons have been ongoing and a lot has been learnt by the students.
  • The ladies can now sew some styles for themselves and their children due to the knowledge they have acquired
  • A building project was started to host the tailoring institute.
Here is a profile of Bintu - a Trainee you have sponsored through your donations (pictured):
Bintu S. lives with her parents, three brothers and three sisters in a single bedroom apartment zinc sheet house with no running water and electricity.  Her father is a construction worker and the main provider of the home with monthly income of $40 - not enough to cover the basic needs of the home.  Her mother is house wife.  Bintu had been unschooled as her parents could not afford to pay fees for Bintu to go to school.  Thanks to your support, she is now receiving tailoring training along with the other students.
Looking Ahead: As we look forward to 2012, here are the opportunities that we face:
  • The school is in dire need of classroom space as classes have been held outdoors and in inclement weather at the house of the Director. The building project is yet to be completed due to lack of funds
  • The institute currently has 7 sewing machines available for use and not all students can use the machines simultaneously
We are very grateful for progress over 2011, despite the limitations.  As we plan towards 2012, could you make a special, one-time, year-end (or beginning of the year) donation to ensure these opportunities are quickly addressed?  This would help us so much in making these ladies self-reliant.  By helping them become self sufficient we will be unleashing the great potential of girls, which is critical for economies and societies.  This is true development and it feels great to be a part of making this happen!

Thanks so much for your support and the best of wishes for 2012!
Ladies Group 1
Ladies Group 1
Ladies Group 2
Ladies Group 2
Bintu - Trainee Sponsored
Bintu - Trainee Sponsored

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taoliring project building under construction
taoliring project building under construction

Warm greetings,

Globally, countries are grappling with the challenges of unemployment.  Everywhere, people are looking for greater and more opportunities. I had the opportunity to hear about this first hand during my trip, earlier this year. The youths and young adults that I talked with were very interested in hearing about the possibilities of us expanding and providing more training options.  They wanted to know about additional opportunities. 

To this end, we are working towards expanding opportunities with a partner organization, Door of Hope.  Together we are constructing a new tailoring school building.  Construction is well under way and we have bought boards, sand and cement ready for the completion of the building. We hope to roof the building in the coming months.  A photo showing part of the building is provided.

One of the benefits of establishing training facilities is that is that this helps to develop a highly-skilled human capital with an appropriate mix of both technical and formative skills.  This is the key to building and transforming nations.  This is true development.

We look forward to sharing more with you in our next report.  Thanks for your on-going support that is helping to make this and more happen.

With excitement
Sylvester and the Develop Africa Team

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Sylvester + sewing training ladies Door of Hope
Sylvester + sewing training ladies Door of Hope

Warm greetings

I just returned 2 weeks ago from a trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone.  During the trip, I had the opportunity to meet with some of the ladies that are supported through this project (see photos).  It was so fulfilling to talk with them and to hear how the support that we are providing is making a difference in their lives.  Through the sewing machines that have been provided, partly through this project, they are learning how to sew and become independent. 

In this group and in Sierra Leone in general, vocational training continues to be in high demand.  This training provides a reliable means of livelihood and a path to financial independence.  For many of the beneficiaries in Sierra Leone, this is so very welcome as it provides a source of livelihood.  I recently ran into an article that emphasizes the importance of this training:

"Skill training is critical for sustainable industrialization and poverty reduction in terms of creating a critical mass of technically and entrepreneurial qualified people, who are able to stimulate investment opportunities, create jobs and increase productivity. A well educated and trained workforce is a prerequisite for harnessing the potential of competitiveness and industrialization."

The ladies asked me to bring back their deep appreciation to you for your current and future support.  This support is providing a vital lifeline - in more ways than we can imagine!  |

I came back encouraged and In high spirits.  It's a good feeling to know that together we are making the world a better place!  We are making a definite impact together.

I also came back determined to do more.  We can do so much more together.  We invite you to join us in doing more by signing up for a recurring donation today.  Thanks for your ongoing support!
 

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Sewing trainees
Sewing trainees

One of our concerns is ensuring that trainees benefit the most from the vocational / skill-trianing training we provide.  Late last year, we held a "training validation and assessment" to ensure the trainees are retaining the knowledge and experience.  Materials for the production of both male and female dress, soap making etc were provided by Develop Africa.

Tailoring and Dressmaking: Sixteen trainees participated in the training sessions. These are trainees who have gone through the training curriculum and are awaiting final examination for the award of certificates.  The training sessions took of the form of an examination of knowledge trainees may have gained during their tenure at the Training Centre and to ascertain the level of knowledge of skills acquired. Training instructors gave on the spot guidelines and supervision during the training sessions. Trainees demonstrated the level of knowledge so far acquired during their stay at the Centre in line with the national curriculum. Trainees were also able to demonstrate their preparedness for the final examination for the award of a National Diploma by the National Council for Technical and Vocational Training under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Hairdressing – Participants in this sector were exposed to new hairdressing skills that will equip with the required hairdressing skills to meet the demands of modern times. They were also exposed to hairdressing skills of yester years to further meet the demands of older women folks. Six trainees participated in the training sessions.

Soap making was a new skill that was introduced to the Centre using funds provided by DA. Five trainees participated in the training sessions. An expatriate on soap making was contracted to supervise the session. Trainees were exposed to basic skills in soap making and also other household detergents.

Thanks to Our Donors: Trainees expressed gratitude for the training received and pleaded for an extension of training duration and for such training to be conducted on a regular basis.

Thank you donors for making this and more possible.  We deeply appreciate you support.

On March 16th, GlobalGiving is hosting the first Bonus Day of the year.  During Bonus Days, GlobalGiving matches a percentage of your donation, up until a certain amount. This helps your donation go even further - helping us train more youths and young adults. We would appreciate you making your next donation on or before this day.  Please make a note and thank you for your support.

best wishes

More sewing trainees
More sewing trainees
Hair dressing trainees
Hair dressing trainees
additional hair dressing
additional hair dressing

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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

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