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.
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