Life has changed drastically for everyone. It’s no longer the usual way of life but a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what the future might look like.
The women of the Empowerment Center took the initiative to give help to the needy and unprivileged in the community by donating face masks to many who cannot afford to buy their own. This is one of the projects the women at the Empowerment Center worked on – creating face masks, and helping the community protect itself against COVID-19.
Antonella is one of the students at the Empowerment Center, she is among those who helped make masks for the community. When we finished, she took her knowledge back to her village, where she is making and selling masks to the people at a lower cost so that every member of the family will be safe and protected. On one hand she is now making an income for herself and her family. On the other hand she is helping her community to practice safeguards around the pandemic affecting our world. The village elder acknowledged her effort and contacted the Kenya GHNI office to thank them for helping to transform their village.
The Center continues to grow. Our hope is that we will be able to expand and include other programs like hairdressing by January 2020. In addition to skills, we continue to help with education. Four candidates from the Center will sit for their National Student Exams which have been postponed because of Coronavirus, but could possibly be scheduled in late November or December 2020.
Through this Center GHNI is excited to give dignity to women and children by empowering and changing the future for poor young girls; to bring education and help which restores hope for their families. The photo below shows the students pride in their efforts by wearing the uniforms they made themselves as they prepare to make school uniforms which can be sold in the market.
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The Empowerment Center has two community women working in a retail space that's been added to the center, Gakii and Lukea. In this space, products created by the women learning in the center are being sold as a means of income for the EC. The retail space is located in Isiolo where many are commuting through the city and we expect the space to see some traffic as a result.
The EC students are now making uniforms for kindergartners at the school in Attir. An arrangement was made to provide the uniforms in exchange for the village covering the entire salary of the teacher for a month creating a win-win for the children. We have more progress to be made for this operation to be earning sufficient income to be self-supporting, but they are getting some practice and developing solutions.
There are 21 students in the dressmaking program. In addition, the hairdressing program has started. Two young women from Attir, Meri and Sylvana, are serving as volunteer teachers for 5 - 6 students who have started the program. Meri is a graduate of the tailoring and dressmaking program, as well as having a talent for hairdressing.
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