Project #12569

Vocational Skills for Mothers, Widows & Children

by African Child Care Foundation


Our goal is to train up 100 vulnerable single mothers/widows and 300 children in vocational skills to enable them achieve independent livelihoods. This will help to alleviate extreme poverty and exploitation among this underprivileged group in a poor Eziama village in Eastern Nigeria. They will be trained in tailoring, welding, cookery, farming and carpentry work to achieve self-reliance. They will be able to restore their lost dignity, fight for their rights and contribute to their community.
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Working in Eziama village, we saw a large number of vulnerable widows, single mothers and thier children suffering degradation and rejection as a consequence of abject poverty. They are unable to participate in their community; they are jobless and incapable of taking care of themselves.Many left village for cities where they risk their lives begging for food and money. They sleep in market places and are exposed to all sorts of diseases, abuses, commercial exploitation and social exclusion.


Our goal is to empower these poor single mothers, widows and children by providing relevant vocational skills on farming, tailoring, cookery, welding and carpentry necessary for sustainable independent livelihoods. While on training, we will ensure they have enough food, medicines, clean water and safe accommodation. Infant mortality rate will be reduced to a great extent. They will be provided with toolkits and achievement certificates to enable them be self-reliance and secure permanent job.

Long-Term Impact

After training, the trainees will become skilled farmers, cooks, sew-mistresses/tailors, welders and carpenters. This will offer them lifetime occupations and self-reliance.They will be able to start sustainable and independent businesses which their children and children's children will inherit. We will provide a long-lasting protection and create awareness concerning ways of fighting poverty, degradation/exploitation in Eziama community.The Center/materials will be used for the next-generation

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

African Child Care Foundation

Location: Oslo - Norway
Website: http:/​/​​
African Child Care Foundation
Project Leader:
Harriet Anyiam
Oslo, Norway

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