Dear GlobalGiving Friends of Esther's Aid
In late June, Mikey Rothwell, a Field Representative from GlobalGiving visited Esther's Aid in Kigali. Here is one of his comments from his report.
Quote from the In-the-Field Traveler
“Esther's Aid is truly changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Rwanda - their vocational training programs for victims of sex trafficking among other vulnerable groups allows them the ability to build a hopeful future after the unspeakable abuse they've suffered.” We are grateful for Mikey's visit and appreciate his beautiful comments.
The victims of sex-trafficking that flock to Esther's Aid have been integrated into many Programs of Esther's Aid. This has been very successful in helping to build their self-esteem. In my last report, I spoke about the Trainer that we needed so much for the Fashion Design Program. Through the Grace of God, we were able to bring this Trainer to Esther's Aid and also the outposts, where Esther's Aid has expanded. Below is the report from one of our Monitoring & Evaluation Officers on the ground.
Esther's Aid is operating now in different regions of Rwanda, such as Jabana, Kacyiru and Masaka (Kabuga). Through the Huguka Dukore Project. Esther's Aid has recruited 450 youth with the help from local leaders in the Gasabo sectors. This project's main aim is to train youth to earn money through our different Programs and thus increase their potential for finding employment. These young people are vulnerable, like the victims of sex trafficking. These sites have a number of students, as presented in the graphs below.
Trade Number of Students
Culinary Arts 123
Mushroom growing 90
Fashion & Home Accessories
Fabric Design 57
Gender by Sector
Sector Men Women Total
Kacyiru 38 85 123
Jabana 9 114 123
Masaka (Kabuga) - - 87
Please Note: The gender at Kabuga wasn’t identified because, on July 21, 2017 a group of Trainees returned home due to the lack of a big place to train them. Plus, their numbers are not final which means we are still recruiting.
This site started before the others on 6 July 2017, which makes them ahead of the others. They have reached Module 6 out of 8, called UBURENGANZIRA N’ INSHINGANO Z’ ABAKOZI N’ ABAKORESHA. In this ending week, they have started doing assessments on the two starting modules called 1) Kongera ubumenyi and 2) Kuganira n abandi.
The training on Jabana site started on 17 July 2017. The recruited youth got a general overview of the program. Students were very interested and asked questions about the program.
Esther's Aid Founder Clare Effiong, our Country Director visited this site on 19 July 2017 to make a deep introduction to the students who were being trained about Tie-Dye. These young people were involved in the Huguka Dukore Project too. Their training officially started on 21 July 2017, because there was another group which had to be recruited. After a general overview of the program on the first day, the students learned how to get to know each other through different methodologies, such as games. Their training continued on 24 July 2017.
Done in Kigali on 23 July 2017
by RUSANGANWA Eustache Marius, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
See all the exciting things happening in Rwanda with Esther's Aid and the Grace of God. But we need much more money PLEASE! There is almost $5,200 remaining on this GlobalGiving Project. Help us continue this important work We cannot give these young people what they need without your continued generosity. God bless you abundantly.
Warm regards from the field,
Founder, Esther's Aid and Rwanda Country Director
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