May 25, 2021

Project report for skilling young women-May 2021

Gaining a skill at my age is such a blessing and an amazing thing; I can’t thank Another Hope Children’s Ministries (AHCM) and its partners enough for the opportunity given to me. I am 22 years of age. I am a house maid and even before joining the skilling program at AHCM that’s what I was doing for a living so that I could take care of my siblings. Joy filled my heart on knowing that I was going to learn tailoring and fashion design in the skills program for girls and young women at AHCM. In April 2021 I started the program together with other young women, and I opted to take a course in Tailoring and Fashion Design. At the beginning of classes things were quite challenging, more so operating the manual sewing machine, but as time is passing, everything is getting easier and simpler.

For the time spent at the training centre I have learnt a lot of things concerning the tailoring and fashion world. Now I am able to cut and sew different clothes, for example, shirts, skirts, sportswear, dresses and many others. With these skills now I am able to sign contracts with schools to make uniforms for them, and I am working with other individual clients thus boosting my income which was the main reason why I went back to school. Now I can look after my family and take siblings to school.

The skill I am getting has helped me not to take my clothes for mending to tailors, but I work on them on my own which is a great achievement. The climax of this is when I will start up my own tailoring shop that will have my own creative designs and a lot of art work that I have been skilled through at AHCM. With this opportunity my future is bright, and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Being a tailor and a fashion designer is such fun!!!!

Thank you so much for choosing to support me. May God bless you so much.

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May 18, 2021

Helping Directors serve better: May 2021 report

As Directors (Daniel and Ruth Kasozi), we are responsible for overseeing the entire children’s ministry to ensure smoothly operating, safe and effective programs.

Despite the fact that we do recruit others to serve alongside us, we have realized that not everyone buys into the vision and mission of the ministry.

The Directors will recruit and train others to fill the gaps of social work, projects coordination, caretaking, and finance staff, those that teach God’s word, drivers and farm assistants. Yes, most of them do a great job supporting the Directors; however, the majority need close supervision. This means that the Directors would have limited time to go and look for a job to make funds to sustain themselves.

After advice from most of our friends to start a project that helps meet our major needs like having a place to call home as well as a stable income, we went ahead and set up a project on the GlobalGiving platform. Our friends, you have surprised us by the immense support you have given us. We are so grateful.  So far we have managed to:

  • Construct a house (which is in progress) We are finally going to have a place to call home
  • Pay our rent
  • Have our children in school
  • Start some income generating activities that are still in their infancy stage. But we believe that by the end of the year, they will be sustainable.
  •  Take care of ourselves as a couple
  • Improve our physical and mental health.
  • Plant lots of crops to ensure enough food for our family and have a surplus to sell

There are times we would not even know what to feed our children, or if they would attend school. We were much stressed as a couple which has strained our relationship.

With your support, we assure you that we will have time to support the children, families and communities God entrusted to us.  We have a sound mind, and we believe that our commitment will be solid as we will build a better supportive team to serve alongside us.

Thanks so much.

Note: The project to help the Directors serve better was estimated to cost USD 39,730 and so far USD 30,084 has been raised thanks to the generosity of our friends. Funds to complete the project are USD 9,646.  Please stand with us by either donating or sharing with others to help support the Directors serve better. Thanks so much and may God richly bless you.

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May 17, 2021

Vocational Education to the Youth-May 2021 Report

 Vocational Education refers to a system or course of study which prepares individuals for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities. Vocational Education is traditionally non-academic in nature and is totally related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation. Because it is Vocation based, it is called Vocational Education. Until recently i.e until the end of the twentieth century, the aim of vocational education was to focus on specific trades such as Tailoring & Fashion design, hair dressing & Cosmetology, carpentry & Joinery, and welding. These were associated with the activities of lower social classes. Because of this, it attracted a level of stigma. Vocational education, in fact, is closely related to the age-old apprenticeship system of learning.

But with the development of economies worldwide, the labour market became more specialized. The demand for higher levels of skill both in government and business sector started increasing. Vocational education has also diversified over the 20th century. Demand for Vocational Professionals is required more than ever in various industries. Vocational education prepares an individual for a job, not college.

  • It makes an individual responsible and independent. Whereas those who study regular courses, lack in this sphere.
  • Vocational skills acquired from Vocational Education teach students the importance of manual work. The physical labour done under certain jobs makes them strong, healthy, active.
  • School drop-outs and adults can also receive this type of education as it provides an opportunity to learn a skill or trade. There are many well-paid career fields in which a college degree is not required.
  • Another benefit is that hands-on work activities allow direct application of acquired knowledge.
  • This education provides stable jobs as many of these jobs are in high demand.

With this background Another Hope Children’s Ministries has chosen to equip youth who have dropped out of school due to lack of school fees so that they can be able to earn a living and take care of themselves, their families and the children they may have in the future. This year 16 youth were enrolled in vocational education. Some are taking full year training, while others are doing a two year training program. These youth will then be sent back to their communities to transform them. Some have great plans after the training like plans to start their own business, and support their families. We can’t wait to see that happen.

 

Attached is a video clip of some of the 16 youth talking about Vocational Education.

Youth One: https://youtu.be/7tjqRly5LrA

 Youth Two: https://youtu.be/1OPzdf0jA4A

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