Gaining a skill at my age is such a blessing and an amazing thing; I can’t thank Another Hope Children’s Ministries (AHCM) and its partners enough for the opportunity given to me. I am 22 years of age. I am a house maid and even before joining the skilling program at AHCM that’s what I was doing for a living so that I could take care of my siblings. Joy filled my heart on knowing that I was going to learn tailoring and fashion design in the skills program for girls and young women at AHCM. In April 2021 I started the program together with other young women, and I opted to take a course in Tailoring and Fashion Design. At the beginning of classes things were quite challenging, more so operating the manual sewing machine, but as time is passing, everything is getting easier and simpler.
For the time spent at the training centre I have learnt a lot of things concerning the tailoring and fashion world. Now I am able to cut and sew different clothes, for example, shirts, skirts, sportswear, dresses and many others. With these skills now I am able to sign contracts with schools to make uniforms for them, and I am working with other individual clients thus boosting my income which was the main reason why I went back to school. Now I can look after my family and take siblings to school.
The skill I am getting has helped me not to take my clothes for mending to tailors, but I work on them on my own which is a great achievement. The climax of this is when I will start up my own tailoring shop that will have my own creative designs and a lot of art work that I have been skilled through at AHCM. With this opportunity my future is bright, and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Being a tailor and a fashion designer is such fun!!!!
Thank you so much for choosing to support me. May God bless you so much.
Providing the unemployed with skills is one of the basic solutions to unemployment. Most of the teenage mothers and their children lack basic needs due to poverty caused by lack of skills to be employed or self-employment, neglect by family and society and abandonment by the men who would be fathers to their children. It is essential to ensure that teenage mothers receive adequate social, emotional, medical and academic support for the good of the parent and the child’s future. The ones who don’t get the support make wrong choices like attempting unsafe abortions which can cost them their lives, failure to continue with school forcing them to drop the dreams their future and becoming hopeless and more worse abandoning their babies.
There is always a chance for teenage mothers to rewrite their future and this can effectively happen when supported. We are glad to report that through your support, we have witnessed teenage mothers rewriting their future and having hope restored helping them look beyond their current situation but rather observing them selves as better people and their children as well. We skilled fourteen teenage mothers and we have noticed change in their lives. Some of them have got employed and changed their lives.
New life chapter for Beneficiary A.
The beneficiary is an eighteen year old mother of one boy. Her son is one and half years old and through the skilling program, she has now a new life chapter and a new written future plan for herself and son. The beneficiary registered for the training after she had of the opportunity announced on the teenage mothers Christmas party that took place in 2019 at Another Hope Children’s Ministries.” When I dropped out of school after primary four and went to become a house helper, I didn’t see myself becoming anybody. The only thing I prayed to God was to at least get a man to marry me but this was also shuttered when I was rapped and become pregnant said the beneficiary. To me, becoming pregnant meant this was an end to my life because in my mind I thought no man could ever marry a woman with a child and this is when all my dreams where shuttered and I thought my child will be a no body because I don’t know his father and I didn’t see myself offer him the basic needs of life.
I am glad I joined the skilling program because there is a new me now. I trained in cookery, bakery and pastry and after the training I was given an opportunity to work with Quincy Bites and now I am earning something. Through Another Hope Children’s Ministries, I was supported and got a house to stay in with my son with three months rent fee cleared and some items to start up the home with were issued to me like the beddings. I am now able to earn, sustain my self and my son and save some money as well. I am looking forward to owning a business in the future and having a better financial status which wasn’t the case before. I want to work hard and educate my son. I want him to go further in studies than I did and I will stick to this new future plan I have” said the beneficiary. All this has been possible because of the academic, emotional and physical support got through the skilling young women program. Thanks so much to all of you our friends that have supported us to ensure a better future for the teenage mums and their children .
There are many negative effects associated with being a teenage mum, i.e dropping out of school, being sent away from their parents’ homes and community isolation which exposes them to risks of being dependents, their children lacking enough support and those who go into child marriages face the issue of domestic violence a lot. If these teenage mums are skilled, they get the opportunity of getting into economic dependency which saves them from all those challenges they face once they become teenage mums.
Another Hope Children’s Ministries under the skilling young women project started training teenage mothers in their areas of interest which include: cookery, pastry and bakery (5), hair dressing and cosmetology (9), tailoring and fashion design (1). The training has taken place for three months and fifteen teenage mothers have been training very well in these skills. The training is aiming to empower them to be self-reliant, generate income, and reduce the child abandonment cases since the mothers have skills to generate income for survival in case the fathers refusing to fulfill their obligations.
The fifteen teenage mothers trained for three months are in a position to implement the acquired skill and then earn out of it. Some of the teenage mothers have started making items which they sell and get money. We are so thankful to you our partners for helping to change the lives of these teenage mums and their children.
The beneficiary with her son happy about their changed life.
Beneficiary A is eighteen years old with a son whose father she doesn’t know and she has trained in cookery and bakery. The beneficiary is one child to her mother and father. She studied up to primary four and her mother couldn’t take her any further with studies due to lack of funds. She immediately got a job to work as a house helper. Here the head of the family sexually harassed her but because she never had where to stay she couldn’t tell anyone. She later came to Wakiso District at her sister’s residence and she is transformed by the love and care at AHCM through teenage mothers’ programs right from teenage mums Christmas party that AHCM organized for them. Through the period of training, many things concerning life have come across which have helped me change my mindset says beneficiary A. I thought all I needed is a man but now I know I can work for myself and my son. I make cakes and half cakes all these I sell and get some little money for personal use. ‘I am looking forward to raising capital for personal business and look after my son. On behalf of the teenage mothers, thank you so much for the training.
For a long period of time, women have faced more difficulty than men in accessing public services, social protection, employment, and market due to cultural norms and other reasons. This made the women most vulnerable to the increasing poverty in these communities since they fully depend on their male counterparts. Because they are looked down upon as being unskilled, unemployed, being single mothers and teenagers, they are taken through domestic violence, sexual harassment hence affecting their self-esteem and confidence. It has also led to a rise in child abandonment because the women have fewer opportunities to earn and the men aren’t taking their responsibilities as fathers. Another Hope Children’s Ministries considered promoting self-sufficiency among young women as one of the ways forwards to address such cases in our societies by equipping them with marketable skills. Self-sufficiency is the ultimate goal for every living individual because it allows a person a sense of inner completeness since one is in the position to fulfill his/her needs. Skilling young women project implemented by Another Hope Children’s Ministries has benefited young women from different parts of the country through the skills acquired in the vocational training they are taken through. The young women are trained in different fields of their interest like hairdressing and cosmetology, tailoring and fashion designing, Early Childhood Development and Catering and hotel management. At the beginning of the year 2020, some of the young women trained went out into the field of work after a full year of being trained and they are happy that the skills they acquired are putting them in positions of being self-sufficient and helping their families as well.
One of the beneficiaries is a female Ugandan living in Lulumbu village, Mpigi District. After her father abandoning the family, her mother became the breadwinner for the entire family. Because her income was less to meet all the family needs, this young lady has to give up education. She stopped in senior one and sat home in 2017 because she couldn’t do any work due to a lack of skills. In 2019 she heard of the opportunity for skilling young women availed by Another Hope Children’s Ministries and she enrolled to be trained in tailoring and fashion designing. She went through one-year training and whatever she learned in tailoring and fashion design and the craftwork is already helping her become self-sufficient. Our beneficiary got employed because of her extra skills in art and craft making and she has been working for five months. In this period, she has been in a position to get some income to take of her sick mother and meeting her personal needs. She has also managed to save some of the income and her purpose for saving to purchase her own sewing machine and become self-employed. The beneficiary is so thankful for the skilling young women to project because it was the beginning of her changed life and she hopes it stays to benefit many more young women like her which will help in making a large self-sufficient society.
Women and girls play a vital role in human progress and have a significant place in society. They are not inferior to boys or men at all. The multiple roles they play such as mothers, income earners and managing institutions like education centers, medical centers, and others make their contribution crucial to sustainable development. For so many years, women have been looked at as inferior but in the bid for equitable development, many programs have come up in support of the women and girls to end gender inequality and boost the esteem of women and young girls.
Equity ensures fairness between men and women or between boys and girls which is a process of equality and equitable development. Some of the things done to ensure equitable development include equal pay, accessing education and health care. Another Hope Children’s Ministries with an interest in reducing gender inequality and women and girls living in poverty started a skilling project for young women and girls. They are trained in different fields and building their esteem as well as to become better and bigger than they ever imagined. The skilling project provided access to education for many girls whose esteem has been boosted, restored their hope and have great visions for their lives and families.
One of the beneficiaries narrates
The beneficiary is a resident of Matale village in Buikwe District and is 19 years old. Here her story. I grew with a desire to work so hard and be rich but over time I changed my mind because of what I was seeing in society. Women in my region were so dependent on their husbands and I slowly changed to the mentality of getting a man to marry me and depending on him for everything. This thought was boosted when my father who was paying my school fees ran short of funds and I dropped out of school. At this point, I thought more about getting a man to marry me because I was not studying and I couldn’t find a job to work.
After two years, I had of the opportunity availed by AHCM of skilling young women and I enrolled for tailoring and fashion design. I have studied for one year but I have been largely impacted by what I have learned. Because I can do something to earn money, my esteem has been boosted and my dreams have been restored. During the school break, I managed to get a part-time job because I had some tailoring skills which didn’t happen in the two years I sat home without having any skill. When I finish my course, I will start working to improve the life of my family, buy land for myself and build a house on it with rentals. All that I thought I would get when I get married, I now believe I will do them for myself. I thank everyone for the efforts made to ensure equitable development among men, women boys and girls.
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