GRACE Cares, in partnership with our local heroes, will provide women's empowerment opportunities to Project Hearts in Baitoa, Dominican Republic, and the Base for Hope and Human Rights Organization (BHHRO) in South Sudan. In the Dominican Republic, Project Hearts will train women in basic health and leadership skills in their Community Health Leadership program; and in South Sudan, BHHRO will provide training and seed money to young mothers to start or expand their small businesses.
The women of Baitoa, Dominican Republic and South Sudan will benefit from opportunities to become empowered. In both cultures women struggle to have a voice and influence in their families and communities. Project Hearts' Community Health Leadership program teaches women to be leaders and provides them with invaluable health information to share with their communities. Similarly, BHHRO's program equips young mothers with the necessary skills and seed money to start their small businesses.
This project will offer technical assistance and material support to Project Hearts and BHHRO to carry out their important women's empowerment efforts. Project Hearts' Community Health Leadership program educates 10-15 women in a six-month course covering basic community health topics and leadership skills. BHHRO's program for young mothers helps them to establish and expand their small businesses with training and an initial investment of $150 followed by an additional $150 after six months.
These women's empowerment projects will have a profound effect on the recipients and their communities. For every woman who is trained in the CHL program at least 40 Baitoans benefit directly from their increased medical knowledge. In addition, the program gives them the confidence to carry out health initiatives in the community. BHHRO's program will also be impactful, empowering women to earn an independent income that will give them bargaining power in their households, among other benefits.