Mrs. Nana Dogo is a very engaging and informative speaker. On Tuesday, October 15, she spoke at a special luncheon on the vital work she is doing in Kafanchan with women and girls.
Her presentation of the challenges faced and overcome was riveting. The diocese is rural with 16,000 members, of which over 2000 are widows. Under Mrs. Dogo’s leadership, a Women’s Center has been built. The center offers women a two-week course for training in various skills to help them become self-sufficient and independent. Numerous skills are taught such as sewing, weaving, and leather work.
Graduates go home with hope for the future.
After their two weeks of training, the graduates return to their villages; the diocese is trying to provide each graduate 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 Women’s Center has a shop, where the items made by graduates of the training courses can be sold. These village widows’ most important project is making the school uniforms for the schools in the diocese, for which they are paid. The sewers are also making graduation gowns for a near-by university. Just recently, this group has started sewing personal hygiene kits for women, which will also be sold.
Africa Education Partnership is continuing to raise funds to renovate old schools, and provide for new building throughout the five school locations in the diocese.
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