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.
Art and craft play a big role in education because students become like themselves instead of more like everyone else. Utilizing multiple skills can allow a person to pursue more than one passion or interest because we don’t have to limit ourselves to one type of job or stay in the confines of our vocational training majors. With an aim of meeting the objective of equipping the young women with basic manual skills, art and craft was introduced at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design and the young women on the skilling program majoring in different courses like such as Tailoring and Fashion Design, Hair Dressing and Cosmetology and Early Childhood Development have been engaged to impart more skills in them. Items like doormats are made out of threads and old clothes and trash cans made out of newspapers and we are glad that young women have learned an extra skill in addition to their main course of study at the school. This has been of great benefit to them. They have become more creative and innovative, it has boosted their self-esteem and they are now more open to become entrepreneurs, not job seekers. Some of the young women have discovered talents in areas they didn’t know they were capable of and have got more hope because of the skills that they are acquiring.
The beneficiary is a young woman of 19 years a resident of Bujuuko - Bulamazi village and she stays with her mother. She stopped attending school in 2018 after she was done with her senior three and this was because her mother ran short of funds to meet her school dues and other requirements. She started selling snacks by the roadside and this was to help her earn some money to save and go back to school. When she got to know about the opportunity Another Hope Children’s Ministries had availed for skilling young women, she immediately applied and enrolled early this year 2019 to pursue a course in Tailoring and Fashion Design. She is so happy about the skills she has acquired in her course, in addition, the Art and Craft skills. She believes the art and craft skills she has learned like making beads, necklaces and trash cans out of newspapers will help her start up her own business and earn income
One of the young women showing the skills she has acquired.
Another Hope Children’s Ministries started the project of skilling young women in 2019 and its implementation has been successful through the support of different people. The young women benefiting from this project offer different courses which include;- Tailoring and Fashion Design, Early Childhood Development, Hair Dressing and Cosmetology and Catering at Cogswell School of Beauty Art and Design. Tailoring and Fashion Design is one of the courses with the highest number of students. Throughout the course of Tailoring and Fashion design, students cover a series of topics from how to use a variety of machines and means of technologies. Taking measurements, pattern making, product design and development, fashion illustration, the use of diverse garments as well as a variety of business, economic and entrepreneurial components. With all these skills, our students are expected to utilize their new tailoring skills to be agents of change and development in their own communities.
The beneficiary operating a sewing machine.
Beneficiary A is a student from Mayuge District offering a course in tailoring and fashion design. The beneficiary is a young woman of twenty-five years who lives with her husband and three children. She got married in 2010 after she got married when she was still in school (S.2) and her parents refused to pay for her school fees again. Her marriage journey has not been an easy one since she and her husband didn’t complete school and couldn’t get employed anywhere. She always prayed to God for her husband to at least get a job to look after the family and prayed to also get a chance to get trained in tailoring and fashion designing. When she heard of the opportunity Another Hope Children’s Ministries had for young women, she agreed with her husband to enroll and the husband to take care of the children during school time. The beneficiary has so far completed for far 6 months of training in tailoring and has greater hopes for the future since the skills she is acquiring are going to help her become an agent of change starting with her family and then the community as well. She adds that she will go ahead to train other women and girls in her community who didn’t get the chance to be enrolled.
Vocational training has become a necessity in Uganda due to the high numbers of job seekers graduating from higher institutions of education like universities and the many cases of unemployment in the country. Vocational training provides specific technical jobs and putting this into consideration, Another Hope Children’s Ministries embarked on a project of skilling for young girls and women and this has been successfully implemented with the support from you our friends. A total of fourteen girls and young women (3 girls and 11 young women) are beneficiaries of this project offering different courses of their interest which help them sustain their lives after they have acquired the skills. The young women are between 18 and 25 years of age. The different courses they are taking are Tailoring and fashion design, Early Child Development and cosmetology and hair dressing.
Beneficiary A is a twenty-two years old girl living with her mother a widow in Lulumbu village in Mpigi district. The beneficiary lost her father when she was two months old and she grew up with her mother who has taken full responsibility over her and her siblings. From the little income she was raising from farming, she paid school fees for the beneficiary up to primary six in 2016 when she couldn’t afford to take her for further education. She sat home for a year and in 2017 she got a job to work as a house maid young as she was in the areas of Entebbe. She worked there for two years and at the start of this year, the speaker called her and informed her about the opportunity to study again which excited her and brought back hope for a better future. The beneficiary is now in the vocational institute offering a course in tailoring and fashion design. She says she is so happy because these skills are going to help her earn some income to have better standards of living and helping her family and she is so thankful for the support rendered. Because of you, this girl was rescued from child labour and she is now earning a skill that will better her life. Thanks so much
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