Under the leadership of Mrs. Nana Dogo, a Women’s Center has been built. The focus of the center is to empower women by providing them with the skills needed to earn money for themselves and their families. The region is rural with subsistence farming as the main source of income. Poverty is most evident and acute among 2500 widows in this community.
With the opening of this skills acquisition center, the problems of poverty are being addressed directly. The center offers women a two-week training course in various skills to help them become self-sufficient and independent. Course offerings include sewing, weaving, and leather work, among others.
Graduates go home with hope for the future.
After their two weeks of training, the graduates return to their villages; when possible a graduate is provided with a “starter kit” for their particular skill; a woman who has chosen sewing for example, would go home with a kit that includes a sewing machine, fabric and thread. The center is working on funding these “starter kits” with income generated through sales at the shops that have been started.
The Women’s Center has several shops, where the items made by graduates of the training courses can be sold. The most important project is making the school uniforms for the schools in the diocese, for which they are paid. The seamstresses also make graduation gowns for a near-by university. Just recently, this group has started sewing personal hygiene kits for women and girls, which will also be sold.
Hostel accommodation for women.
It soon became clear that in this widely scattered rural area, many women need accommodations in order to attend the two-week training sessions. A hostel is under construction, containing 21 rooms to house 42 women during their training. This hostel is being funded by friends of the Kafanchan project in the United States.
Africa Education Partnership is continuing to raise funds to renovate old schools, and provide for new buildings throughout the five school locations in the district.