Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class

A microproject by Have Hammer Will Travel A. C.
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
Empowering Women & Girls in a Woodworking Class
At Have Hammer Will Travel A.C woodworking school, we know Gender equality for is fundamental to the achievement of human rights and is an aspiration that benefits all of society, including girls and women. The universal advantages of gender equality have been well-documented, and several international frameworks have affirmed its centrality to human rights and sustainable development. 

Our special project:  For Women and teenage girls. HHWT will help these young Mexican women to provide positive resources for success. HHWT need $9200 dollars for salaries, supplies and tools for 2021 and 2022 semester classes During their time with us, these women will gain life skills through woodworking and Computer Aided Design (CAD) that are necessary for personal and professional skills in life as well as guide these women to continue on to a higher-level education.

 Yet, around the world despite the promise of equality, progress towards it has been slow, fragile, incremental, and reversible – and dramatically undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, in every region of the world, girls and women are still more likely to be poor, illiterate, hungry, unhealthy, underrepresented in leadership positions, legally constrained, politically marginalized, and endangered by violence.

Thank you for partnering to achieve gender equality fir women and girls at Have hammer Will Travel A.C. woodworking school. We raised almost $3000 dollars, to help get our classes started. We started the classes for Women empowerment sept 2021.


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In Sept 2021 HHWT started a woodworking class for women with women volunteers helping to teach the class. The project was successful in enrolling women for the first time in our Have Hammer Will Travel A.C woodworking school history. 

These students are enjoying the class and feeling empowered by learning to use woodworking tools. It appears next semester Jan 2022 we will have a waiting list for the women's classes. . .The new application for the class consisted of a page where the applicant was asked to write a short essay regarding their interest learning. woodworking. 

Let’s face it: In this culture, it’s much more likely for men to be comfortable with tools and carpentry than women. But given the chance to learn, women can be just as proficient as men when it comes to manifesting their own creative building ideas. Since backgrounds and learning styles are likely different. They needed a female-oriented space, just for themselves! 

This class is intended to respond to that need. It will get women up-to-speed on basic carpentry skills, including working with wood, planning, and designing simple projects, and using hand and power tools safely and effectively.

Our theme from day one is women’s empowerment. To begin, we have an orientation and overview of the class. Then we’ll move into the bulk of the day: Tools! We’ll cover tool choices, their ergonomic use, and safety. Each tool will be introduced and demonstrated in detail. The women get a chance to try it themselves (with plenty of guidance and support). Whether they are building a birdhouse, bathroom shelves, or a cabinet, having the right tools, and using them safely and properly, makes all the difference. 

They might be asking themselves. Can I really learn to build on my own in a one-year woodworking class? And we’re here to tell you that, yes, it’s possible! In one long year you can get comfortable with tools, understand how to work with wood, and learn how to plan out and design your own simple carpentry projects. We’ve seen it happen time and again, with many satisfied students.

Of course, people spend lifetimes perfecting their woodworking skills, especially those who build houses or do fine finish work like cabinetry or furniture making. It’s not realistic to learn to do these high-level kinds of projects in a yearlong workshop. However, you can take the first steps that every carpenter and fine woodworker once took. And you’ll leave with life skills and the ability to turn your basic ideas into reality, right away. 

The women’s woodworking classes will continue in 2022. The fund raised were allocated to the expenses of the class, wood, tools, supplies etc.

Giving Tuesday on Nov 30, 2021,  hopefully will raise the needed funds to keep the class functioning in 2022. Thank you for partnering with HHWT and your continued support.

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Have Hammer Will Travel A. C.

Location: Chapala, JALISCO - Mexico
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Project Leader:
H Wayne Renz
Chapala, JALISCO Mexico

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