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Jan 23, 2017

Here's to what we did in 2016 !

Necklaces hand-made
Necklaces hand-made

To our dear supporters,

 

With the new year arriving, we want to take a special moment to review everything we’ve accomplished with this beautiful project thanks to YOUR unconditional support. It is with great pride and emotion that we look back on a year that has been filled with learnings and accomplishments. 

 

During this 12-month long formation, we evaluated the impact that it had on the girls and everyone involved in the project. It turned out even better than what we had hoped: the girls genuinely got involved and made this project their own.

According to their abilities and personal objectives, not only did they develop new craft skills, but soft skills too. They went from saying no puedo (“I can’t”), to puedo hacerlo y yo lo haré (“I can do it and I will do it”). The impressive outcome of this workshop made them proud and confident about their abilities.  As you can see for yourself on the pictures below, they created beautiful pieces of craft, each reflecting their own personalities.

It was amazing to witness how these young girls are growing to become strong, independent women. We were here to help them develop skills that they already had within them, and prove to themselves that they could achieve great things with determination to succeed.

On their behalf, we thank you dearly for supporting this amazing project which, without any doubt, will have a consistent impact on the rest of their life

 

Our main goal now is to make sure that everything they have learned with this training will allow them, in their future lives, to have a viable professional project that will ensure their autonomy and financial independence, so they won’t fall back in a vicious cycle of violence and mistreatments.

In order to launch the second part of this project, our national coordinator in Bolivia, Fernando Daza Arce, will be meeting our French team in Strasbourg in February. We will discuss and organize the structure of the project to ensure a personal guidance for the girls when they leave the orphanage. We will also decide on how to consolidate their knowledge and professionalize them even more. Our French team will be also looking at how to continue funding for the girls so they can develop their skills even further.

We still have lots of exciting work ahead of us, and we need you to help us carry out this project ! We have already done so much together, and we are looking forward to sharing more adventures with you.

Jewelry made by the girls
Jewelry made by the girls
Exposing and selling their work
Exposing and selling their work
Oct 13, 2016

Designing and touching your dreams !

Ceremony of graduation, exhibition products
Ceremony of graduation, exhibition products

Dear all,

Today is a good day for our project as every day is since we began working to empower the young but strong girls of the 2 centres we’re working with.

These young girls and women are brave, they went through hard times but are learning and enjoying every bit of our empowering workshops with a wide and bright smile on their faces.

Nothing could make us happier than seeing them developing their skills in sewing and in jewellery while including recycling of clothes and using recycled materials.

And that’s not all, those past months, they also developed their skills in marketing, micro projects building and business planning !

This is happening thanks to your support and our skilled local team. We’re very grateful!

They are able to speak up and they began thinking deeply about their professional future. At the end of the first workshops session we organised a graduation ceremony in which we handed them their diplomas over.

Some of the girls told us how proud they were for it was the first diploma they’ve ever gotten. Many of them never finished school. Their eyes were sparkling and they couldn’t wait to tell their family.

Here are some of the translated comments of the girls:

During the ceremony, N. told us "I want to give my young brothers the opportunities I didn’t have and make them proud of me. I want them to want the best for themselves".

M. said "I want to help my family by giving them some stability and resources so that they can be happier and less concerned by our day to day needs."

Unfortunately, some of them are going to turn 18 in a couple of months and they won’t be authorised to stay in the centres. We hope to be able to follow them after they leave to support them in their life choices.

We know for sure that the skills they learnt are going to be useful if not right away, some day.

Mostly because now they know deep down they CAN do great things and buid the life they want and that we will be there to support them.

Loads of energy from the Bolivian Team and our skilled and confident girls,

Graduation, jewels realised by the girls
Graduation, jewels realised by the girls
Marketing Workshop!
Marketing Workshop!
Sep 19, 2016

Women from Atta start individual IT classes

The women from Atta have asked us to start up the IT classes as a priority for their social mobility. Thanks to our volunteer and IT expert in Cameroon, M.Ndjeng, four ladies started individual classes last week and more shall be joining them shortly. 

The ladies have shown great motivation and enthusiasm for the classes, one lady particularly stated "if only I had had the chance to turn on a computer 10 years ago, I could have made it somewhere". 

Throught these classes the ladies are not only learning IT skills, but some of them are even learning to read and write through interactive learning methods. 

Good luck to you ladies ! 

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