Vocational training has been the cornerstone for the work of Project Have Hope. PHH believes that adequate skills training and development is necessary to expand the income generating potential of its members. Since our inception of this program, 47 aspiring women have benefited from these educational grants and life changing opportunity. Studies have included tailoring, knitting, catering, hairstyling and salon management, computer skills training and driver’s education.
More significant than just these training programs, are the interest-free loans the women are able to receive upon completion of their choice of study. To date, 121 loans have been given.
We know that progress and long-term change does not happen overnight. That is why, 9.5 years since we first began, we continue to vigorously work to establish sustainable solutions for the women in the Acholi Quarter.
We encourage you to continue this journey with us. A donation of just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.
We have seen how providing vocational training skills can change lives and build dreams for the Ugandan women we serve. Building on this success, we have started to provide vocational training for our young adults. Some of the children we have sponsored in school are not academically gifted and are seeking a more hands-on approach to securing a financially independent livelihood. This February, we have expanded our vocational training program to give these young adults new opportunities.
Solomon, 21, lives with his elderly and uneducated aunt. He was orphaned by the war in Northern Uganda. He completed his studies up to secondary four, but realizes that he cannot continue academically. He has chosen to study an electrical engineering course which will last for one year. Like his aunt, he is strong, hard-working and refuses to give up.
Thanks to your support, we are able to provide him with this life-changing, dream-building opportunity.
Stitch by stitch, Jennifer grows stronger, and prouder, and makes what were once dreams, realities. Once a laborer in the stone quarry, Jennifer is now an accomplished tailor. Through the support of donors, like you, Jennifer studied tailoring and was then given an-interest free loan to purchase a sewing machine and other necessities so that she could open her own shop. In the Acholi Quarter, where she lives, Jennifer rented a small shop on the main road and went to work - work building a better future for herself and her children.
As her skills and experience increased, Jennifer's confidence grew too. Through friends she learned of a vacancy at a nearby factory sewing police uniforms. By day she sews uniforms, and in the evening and weekends, she continues to make and repair clothes for her neighbors. Working in the stone quarry, she could earn only about $30 a month, she has more than quadrupled that income.
Through your support, Jennifer is standing strong and providing for her four children, something she never would have imagined possible. As the holiday season approaches, consider giving a gift which has the power to turn dreams into reality. A donation of just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.
“I am now able to stand on my own,” Josephine proudly states to anyone who will listen.
"I was living in Kitgum, in Northern Uganda, with my grandmother when the LRA rebels came. I fled to the Acholi Quarter with my aunt for safety. I began working in the stone quarry from sunrise to sunset, eating just one meal a day. Then I joined Project Have Hope. They sponsored me in a tailoring program and gave me a grant to purchase a machine and materials."
Josephine is a natural artist. In addition to her work as a tailor, she continues to create new designs of jewelry and other crafts, such as crosses and bowls, using recycled paper.
Josephine is now able to pay the school fees for her son and three nieces and nephews. She dreams that they will attend and graduate from college, something she was unable to do because of the war.
With a donation of $250 you can provide the tuition for a woman to attend tailoring school and help her to stand on her own just like Josephine.
Paska had a dream. The war in Northern Uganda prevented her for earning an education. The war took the life of her brother and sister. The war shattered her life, but not her dreams. She fled the violence of Northern Uganda in 1999 with her husband, who had escaped the rebel's captivity. They came to Kampala to start a new life and care for their growing family. After years of struggling, her husband accepted that the only work he could find as a teacher was in Gulu - a 5 hour bus ride - so he left Paska alone to care for the family of 7 children. Paska struggled to earn enough money to keep her family fed, but she dreamed of something more. She dreamed of providing her children with more than just food, but of the nourishment of an education so they could pursue the dreams the war prevented her from pursuing.
Through your generosity, we provided Paska with a grant to study knitting and learn how to make sweaters. Upon her graduation, we gave her a grant to buy the loom, yarn and necessary materials to establish her own business. She provided the gumption. She made sweaters, the staple of school uniforms, for each of her children to take to school to show the headmasters. She immediately received two orders. In addition to receiving contracts from schools to make uniform sweaters, she attends the Saturday market in Nakawa to show off her skills and find new customers.
This Mother's Day honor your mother by honoring a mother in Uganda. For just $25 you can make a difference, while also receiving a colorful tote bag to give as a gift.
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