When people visit George they see the wealth and splendour our beautiful town has to offer, but more often than not they do not see the pain and suffering caused by the high incidences of unemployment and poverty. George Child Welfare, together with other role players, has initiated a project to bring together unemployed poor people in order that their creativity an initiative may be harnessed. This project will train 60 women at Sikelela annually to help sustain their children and families.
Basic life skills training is a necessity as a start up bases for these women and girls.The project provides training and equipment for trainees from scratch in handcrafts, including sewing and knitting. As they have no income, travel money to attend training and a meal per day are provided. Follow up visits are done to ensure success.
Trainees receive certificates after completion. 30% of trainees were placed in the formal workplace last year. Those working from home receive orders from the centre to help them having a sustainable income. This makes a huge difference towards many. Mainly these women gain back their dignity, and are empowered to get out of abusive relationships, and learn to sustain themselves