The Empowerment center has become a source of help and hope to many young women who have dropped out of school for reasons such as poverty and early pregnancy. Students are able to grow their skills in sewing, giving hope to many who feel they can actually make it in life and know how to support themselves.
When Lucia lost her only remaining parent in 2003, she was forced to drop out of school. She had to work as a house help in her village just to survive and keep her two younger brothers fed. Her parents died of HIV/AIDS as she was becoming a young woman. Some young men in the village started sleeping with her for money even though they knew she was already HIV positive. Ostracised from her community and jobless, Lucia was without the necessary resources to support and educate herself. As the first born of the family, she also had to take care of her two siblings, but whatever she got was not enough to sustain them.
After hearing about the Isiolo Empowerment Centre in Kenya, she finished her training in one year instead of two! She was given a sewing machine and was loaned 20,000 shillings to jump start her business in Lowagilla.
Lucia explains, “Before this sewing project, I couldn’t even afford a bar soap. Today, I am able to live a decent life, send my children and my siblings to school, well dressed, and with all the necessary supplies, and I can save for the future. My plan is to save enough to build a house”.
We are thankful for our supporters and donors who make stories like this a reality. She is just one of the many women who have been impacted by the empowerment center.
The GHNI team in Kenya has already done a remarkable job helping villages in our area through Transformational Community Development (TCD) programmes. Our Empowerment Centre will now accelerate and supplement what we are doing every week in the villages. Our training centre is already located in a central place. We cannot place a centre in every village, but this will be a focal centre for already existing villages and an example for millions of villages we are targeting to empower as part of the 2020 vision. This centre will also serve as a training site for TCD programmes for villages surrounding Isiolo, Kenya as a whole, and Africa as a continent.
The training centre is already 95 percent complete, and we have expanded with other programmes such as hairdressing in January 2020. Our fourth group of candidates will sit for their National Technical Student Exam, which will be administered in late November and early December 2020, barring any disruption due to COVID-19.
We are excited to help change the destiny of poor young girls by empowering them with knowledge and hope for their families. Each one is proud to display their month of effort by putting on a uniform they made themselves, and they will soon start making school uniforms that can be sold in the market.
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.
Thank you for your continued support in making this possible!
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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