Friday, September the 23rd 2011, it was all systems go as 16 women and 11 men embarked on digging the trenches for the foundation of their school. There was song and dance, punctuated by "energizing breaks" and media interviews on the first day.
The women were determined to prove to the community around and the world at large that they too can do construction work. The company contracted to do the construction (TRIKEI Construction Limited) is in a formal agreement with Life Bloom Services International that 75% of all labor will come from the women, and that they will be trained as masons and a few of them as supervisors during the construction process. They will graduate with certificates as the "One Stop Center" is finally commisioned upon completion.
The sixteen women and 2 women supervisors, Lucy and Phiona, will be earning an average of US $5 per day, which is way above the average pay for non-skilled labor (US$ 3.5). Apart from helping the women meet their families basic needs, and keeping them away from the harsh conditions of "street sex work", the women are also challenging the community's notion that construction work is mainly a man's job! It's great to experince the enthusiasm in the women.
The Daily Newspaper- The STAR- featured the story on Monday Oct the 26th 2011, calling it "Naivasha Sex Workers to Benefit from Rhab Project".
Life Bloom's team thanks all who have given donations towards supporting this worthy project so far! Apart from buying the materials needed for construction, your donation of at least US$ 10 will support a female- led- household for two whole days, helping them not only meet their basic needs, but also have some savings for education and other needs!
This is the way to go!