skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum

by Thread of life women empowerment ministries
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
skilling 240 women from mulago katanga slum
Women Learning how to draft on day 3
Women Learning how to draft on day 3

 

This year skilling the women started on April.06.2022. 15 Women and young girls from the slum were registered for this class. The class will run for six months. The six months are divided into two terms each term takes 3 months. For the first three months, the first term therefore will be ending July.11.2022. The syllabus to be covered this term has the following.

1. Machine maintenance

2. Threading of the machine

3. Drafting and Paper Cutting

4. Stitching and straight-lining

5. Peddling of the machine

6. Baby dressmaking

7. Skirt making: round skirts, Round, panel, pleated, gathered, straight, gathered

8. Skirt making

9. Different types of dresses. Strapless, Armless, Double breast, one arm, panel dresses

Due to Covid 19 pandemic, many young girls in the slums become single mothers hence dropping out of school. This time around we have more young girls in our classes than before. We were able to hire a professional teacher who is also a fashion designer in our city, this is because we want to give our women the best. The teacher's professional touch has helped the women to do more better stitches in whatever they sew.

 

 Esther, aged 17, is one of the girls who dropped out of school due to the effect of the pandemic, Her parent couldn't support her in school anymore because during the covid19 period they survived on their business capital, but now there is no income to support them at home and in school. By the time we met Esther, she was vending merchandise within the Katanga slum with no hope of ever going back to school. Bu right now Esther is one of the best students in the class and we have high hopes for her. She believes she can be the next big fashion designer in Kampala.

 

With your continued support, We believe that we shall continue to create more impact in our community and the lives of our women, and We want to see their dreams of becoming fashion designers and starting their workshops to increase their household incomes can become a reality. Without your support, their dreams can go down the trench. 

At end of the class, each woman needs the support for tailoring machines which cost $150 and $100 capital part of which can help to cover rent and material purchases to help in the start of their business. We looking forward to seeing that by the end of the class every woman will be able to get a start-up for the impact to be fully met.

 

Again, we are so grateful for your support. Thank you so much!!!!!

 

Made by: Project Manager

Nakayi Florence

Esther!
Esther!
Women excited to show their first project!
Women excited to show their first project!
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HAPPY 2022 TO YOU ALL

Skilling the 5 women last year has been one of our most fulfilling and challenging projects in 2021

Training women amidst lockdown and with limited funds. We were able to have the women go through the 6 months class of tailoring.

We ended the class on December 10 is when our classes ended. We were delayed by the 42 days lockdown that happened from July to August. That lockdown affected the women's class attendances because some had to drop off class to go look for a job to be able to feed their children.

We were able to end the class with 3 mothers, and here is an outline of things they were able to learn.

  • Machine peddling and maintenance
  • Machine threading
  • Straight line and clean stitches
  • Boulder measure
  • Skirts: Round skirts, Round, panel, pleated, gathered, straight, gathered
  • Dresses: Strapless, Armless, Double breast, one arm, panel dresses
  • Shirts: Classic/ School shirts
  • Trousers: Elastic, gentleman, and waistband trouser
  • Jackets

With the above skills, we believe that these women can be able to start their workshop. The women however need the support of tailoring machines which each cost $100 per woman and also $100 capital part of which can help to cover rent and material purchase to help in the start of their business.

2022 class is going to be delayed because we don’t have enough funds yet to run the class. when we have several women registered who would love to use fashion to change their lives and to keep their children in school. But our limited donations cannot enable us to continue with the class.

To our supporters, we will keep you updated on how things are going and when and when the next class will begin.

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Here is a Racheal who sleeps in an open space
Here is a Racheal who sleeps in an open space

As a country, we were previously locked down for about two months. That is from the 7th of June to 30 August 2021 because of the second wave of covid 19 that hit the nation. The delta variant has left so many families adversely affected not to mention the Katanga slum community with which our organization serves.

 

As the organization, we had to change our focus towards food relief as a way to rescue the women and their families. The project has been able to feed 18 women-headed families providing them with basic meals which are sugar, rice, posho, and cooking oil.

Among the women we chose is, Racheal a woman that was referred to us by a concerned community member that she sleeps on the street with her 9-year-old girl. Both mother and daughter are not safe because first, they sleep under an eclectic pole, it’s so unsafe when it rains, two in the rainy season they can’t sleep since it’s been a rainy season. Racheal lost her home of one room to land grabbers which left her and her two children homeless. We are looking forward to having Racheal join the class next year for her to be able to earn and save for children’s fees and sustain them as a family.

The tailoring class of 5 women is, however, resuming on 6/09/2021 and it will be the second term of the class where the woman is allowed to explore according to their area of interest in fashion.

 

Thanks to all of you our supporters

Part of the women that received food relief
Part of the women that received food relief
Jaaja doesn't walk, she feeds on hand to mouth
Jaaja doesn't walk, she feeds on hand to mouth
A mother of 10 children!
A mother of 10 children!
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From the donation we have received so far as Skilling 240 women from Mulago Katanga slum project, we have been able to take on the 5 women for the 2021 class. As an organization, we work with community leaders to identify the most vulnerable single mothers that needs to be skilled so as they can be in position to sustain themselves.  Because of the limited funding we couldn’t take on the full number of women which is 15 women per class. it was a tough decision to pick out a few from the list.

The class began on the 15 of March and will break off on June /30/2021. then we will be resuming in August, the date will be communicated, For the second class.

In this beginner’s class we mainly focus on the basics of tailoring lessons like Body measurements, machine peddling, Machine maintenance, straight lines, and so much on the women attires and by the end of the second half of this particular class, a few of the men’s attire will be introduced.

Among the women that we selected Sanyu is one of them. Sanyu is a single mother of 6 children, and stays in slum, she separated with the father of her children because he was a womanizer and also, he wasn’t taking care of them as a family not even feeding their children. She then decided to separate with him in fear that she may even catch HIV aids. After the separation each of them stayed with 3 children, Sanyu took on the young ones and the father stayed with the older ones. After sometimes Sanyu started feeling sick until one day when she was asked to test for HIV test, unfortunately she was found HIV positive, it was so heart breaking for her that she spent days without working, it’s her neighbor who is an old lady that was helping with some food to feed her children. Ever since she got to know she has HIV her life didn’t remain the same.

Being a hawker of second-hand clothes of capital of $13 she tried to make the ends meet but it’s been tough for her. To be able to cover rent and feeding the family as well. Sanyu was introduced to us by the area councilor, who knew her life style and how it was hard for her to feed yet she was on ARVs, she is excited to be able to equipped with the tailoring skill. She says she wants to own her own workshop, pay for her children’s fees, and probably build a house in the village for her children that incase she dies, her children will have a place they call home. She is one of the best students in our tailoring class,

We sharing with you some of our class photos showing the different class activities.

 

Thank you very much for your donation towards this cause.

This was their first day in class
This was their first day in class
One of the women showing off her dress she made!
One of the women showing off her dress she made!
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From the bottom of our hearts we would like to say thank you to all our donors who have so donated to single mothers. Our donation goal is not yet met; we know that you our donors have been affected by the ongoing Covid19 which am sure we will beat one day. Our next class project is intended to start on February 1 2021.

The need is too much for our mothers to get training, because this pandemic period made most of our mothers so poor that they didn’t even have what to eat. And when the lock down was eased the streets of Kampala our capital was  filled with children begging and also those selling fruits, vegetables for a living, most of them where begging for food. Unfortunately they were as well exposing themselves to the virus. Mothers too try as much as possible to sell vegetables because we were encouraged by the doctors to be eaten to boost the immunity of the citizens so they risked their lives out there because all they wanted to get a dollar to help them buy food for survival. These are the kind of mothers that we are training and empowering, so that they can be able to work from their homes or in safer places. Our dear friends from Colorado were able to feed 30 single mothers last year during this covid19 period. Thank you friends

We are looking at skilling 12 single mothers this year. This time Sheebah's mother  is one of the mothers who are registered for our next class. She is a mother of 4 children from three different fathers who have all abandoned her because of poverty. Janat owned a kiosk that was feeding her family and paying for children until 2 years back when it was broken by the city authorities that it was stationed in wrong place. Janat lost all , because they spoilt all her belongings. The family is been taken care of by one of her daughters of 17 years who works as a house maid for a rich person in neighborhood. The 39 year old Janat is one of the women who we want to skill so that she can be able to earn for a living.

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Thread of life women empowerment ministries

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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NAKAVUMA MASTULA
Kampala, Uganda
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