Apr 30, 2021

Building my better future by Hands on skills

Sandrine is a young girl who is supported by Aspire Rwanda and decided to do away with the cultural beliefs that ladies can’t pursue technical studies, especially Mechanical courses formerly attributed to men only. After realizing that the Mechanical sector could provide her a better living, she decided to enrol at Gacuriro TVET School.

She said that the Mechanical trade is the career of her choice because she loves it. Apart from that, she was inspired by those already practicing the mechanical job.

“I have been inspired by Mechanics when I saw how they repair cars. That's when I decided to join this career,” she said.

The young girl is optimistic that at the end of her studies, she will be able to land her dream job or create her own garage automobile.

“I hope that after my studies, as soon as financial means are available, I'll be able to set up my own garage where I can practice my profession,” she explains.

She encourages other young girls to join Technical and Vocational formation and trades, adding that young girls should not underestimate TVET studies: they are the same as other courses.

“There are some who try to discourage me, asking if I am not ashamed as I am the only girl in a group of many boys,” she says. “I say no, I am here to study and not to have any other affairs with boys. This is a profession for all of us. You can't tell which one is for men and which one is for women,” she adds.

We wish to touch additional young women and men but the resources are limited. We will like to appeal for more support to ensure a prosperous future for the young women.  We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more vocational youth. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

Thank you and Blessings unto you

Mar 17, 2021

Built a strong pillar for future

Dear Project Supporters, 

Warm greetings and thank you very much for your generosity in supporting our initiative to empower women.

During this quarter the participants showed great interest in increasing their knowledge and skills as part of this project, as evidenced by their active participation in trainings and project meetings, as well as their eagerness to serve as promoters. Additionally, according to project staff, participating families indicate they are more aware of food security issues in their communities and have expressed a strong social commitment to this project and growing vegetables. 

We welcome your continued support in making a difference in the lives of more women.  We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aspirerwanda@gmail.com or rshyaka@aspirerwanda.org

With great appreciation,

Aspire Rwanda Team

Feb 16, 2021

Foods Distribution during the lock down

Dear partner,

Your support to Aspire programs is still invaluable to us, thank you again.

This report outlines the actions taken by Aspire Rwanda during this quater to respond to the challenges which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, and discusses the post-lockdown crisis response plan.

Beginning January 5th , Aspire Rwanda requested movement clearance and introduced a series of Home visits for families on COVID-19, and enforced preventive measures of constant hand washing and Safe Greetings at the center. Based on many Corona Virus cases were reported in Kigali-Rwanda on January 18th, the Rwandan government ordered a total lockdown in Kigali city. This is normally a tough time but was even more difficult for many families during the lockdown.

The lockdown was extremely difficult for families in our community who live from hand to mouth, earning little money to get by, including many of the mothers who sell vegetables and clothes in the street to earn a living to feed their children. Aspire Rwanda staff distributed food supplies to the families.

We have registered more than two hundred people who are members of families who are supported by Aspire Rwanda to seek support to be able to get back on their feet in this post-lockdown crisis.

It is extremely difficult for a family of 6 to live on $ 0.31 per day.

It would help if these families get support through empowering the mothers, income generating skills development, and peer counseling.

Income generating skills development: smallGroups of mothers can learn how to start and manage a small business. After their completion, each mother will have a choice to start their independent small businesses or working through the cooperative. The small start up capital can be given to each woman.

Peer counseling: Mothers can come together after training to discuss the experiences they are going through in their homes, and to learn the best practices in parenting, and other domestic challenges from each other. Experts can visit the groups at the center twice a month to facilitate and offer necessary emotional and mental support.

To support us and learn more about this program please visit our fundraising page “Help 100 families impacted by COVID 19”. We encourage you to donate monthly here. Even a few dollars a month will go a long way. Please also share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.

Thank you.

 
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