With additional support from diverse donors, twenty (20) women between the ages of 16 and 27 who were selected from amongst coastal fishing populations were trained in various livelihoods products including soap making. The pre-program baseline showed that eights of the women were earning no income, while 12 of them earned minimal income not sufficient to meet their family needs. Upon completion, each one of the women was supported with some raw materials to start up. The businesses were almost simontaneously disrupted by the onset of COVID 19 and its resultant restrictions and impacts. The project is currently undergoing reviews to address COVID 19 related issues.
We have been diligently working to complete all of our research, find the best artisans to teach the course and gather all of the necessary materials. So far, we have been able to complete our research and find an excellent artisan to present the course, but we are still working to gather materials! In order for us to collect all of the materials we first have to raise our goal of $5,000 USD, but so far we have been able to raise $710 USD. This is able to cover the cost of the instructor and some of the materials, but will not be enough to cover the cost for the materials needed for each of the 20 women. For the women to elicit the biggest benefit from this training, they must all have access to the materials needed to participate in the practical.
We hope to be able to raise enough funds to allow 20 women to participate in the training, but we can not do that without your help! Every donation counts- no matter how big or small- and will make a big impact in the lives of these women. We hope you will tell your friends about Challenging Heights’ work and they too will be inclined to help us reach our goal of training 20 women in soap making!
Do you want to help Challenging Heights make a difference in women's lives? Do you want to help break the cycle of human trafficking? Do you want to help ensure children are able to attend school? Then support Challening Heights soap making project!
The Challenging Heights' staff have been working diligantly to ensure that this project comes to life. Recently, we have begun discussing logistics with a local artisan who makes a number of different soaps all made from local products, including: noni soap, moringa soap, avocado soap, honey soap, and floor disinfectant. By ensuring that all of the materials needed are locally sourced, it will allow for the women to continue soap making after the workshop and could become a source of livelihood.
Now, you may be wondering how teaching women to make soap would have an affect on such things as breaking the cycle of trafficking and ensuring children go to school. And the answer is this: when we empower women, we empower the next generation. According to the Clinton Foundation, women spend around 90% of their income on their family, while men typically spend 30-40% of their income on the family! By ensuring women have their own source of income, we are helping to ensure that women have the opportunity to generate their own income, we are not only empowering them, but also their children by giving them the opportunity to attend school.
Additionally, by training women in soap making and assisting them to make their own income, we are able to help alleviate one of the biggest contributing factors to child trafficking: Poverty. The majority of children that are forced into modern slavery on Lake Volta are as a result of their family falling into a financial crisis.
By supporting women we are supporting the next generation! Donate now to help ensure women are economically empowered!
After several months of hard work, we have completed the research portion of our preparation. After speaking with experts, scouring the internet, and research others work we have prepared a curriculum and found masters ready to train! But now we need YOUR help! In order for us to implement this training we need to purchase the materials for the 20 women to ensure they receive the full value of this hands-on training. Just $50 will purchase all the necessary materials for one woman or for $100 the entire training will be sponsored for one woman! Your help will change the life of a woman, providing her with the necessary skills and training to start her own business.
Through these trainings we will empower women to and help combat child trafficking. You may be wondering how we can do both of these things, well we believe we must do more to address the root causes of trafficking; why might a family feel compelled to send their child away? Poverty is frequently cited at the main driving factor, which is why we have started our economic empowerment programmes. Significant research shows that women spend 90% of their income on their children and families! By empowering women, we are empowering youth.
As an organisation, we know that in order to acheive our goal of ending child trafficking in Ghana's fishing industry we have to do more than rescuing and rehabilitating children who have been trafficked. We must do more to address the root causes of trafficking; why might a family feel compelled to send their child away? Poverty is frequently cited at the main driving factor, which is why we have started our economic empowerment programmes. Right now, our field team in Senya is doing some market research around hosting a soap training. Bernice, our main contact in Senya, has been informally talking with women in the area to find out what they think about the training, how it would be most useful for them, and if they would be interested in participating. We want to make sure that the work that we are doing is in line with what the community wants and finds most helpful, and we've gotten some good feedback about this project. In addition to your support of this project, our grants team is hard at work to find additional funding and other forms of support. They have been able to secure a trainer from a local soap making company in Accra who will donate their time and expertise, which we are very excited about. Thank you for your support in making this a reality. Would you help us out and tell one friend about why you believe in this project?
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