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A group of women with the new sewing machines

The Training and day-care centre meets the needs of local unemployed young women

Without an education these young women have no hope of a stable job and regular income. During the pandemic these women have been particularly affected, many have been entered into marriage by their poor families and they now have small children to care for, making access to education impossible.

The new training and day-care centre which opened on 14th February 2022 is a multi-purpose facility providing Montessori style nursery care for 90 young children and certified training for 110 impoverished women who have dropped out of education. Currently there are 40 ladies enrolled in sewing & tailoring,  40 in baking & pastry making and 30 learning electrical and solar panel installation. The women also study business skills to help them in setting up their own business once they have completed their course.

Two nursery children holding hands and balloons

Whilst the women study, their babies will be cared for

The VETA accredited training courses are six month in length and at the end of each course the young women will have acquired the skills they need to find local employment or to set up on their own. Whilst they learn their young children will be fed, cared for and have nursery play and early learning. For the ladies who are able to accept, some free accommodation is available which allows them greater time for study and less distance to travel.

The course follows the success of a pilot run by the Sisters in this country in 2018. The centre gives new hope to these vulnerable women. Their new skills will transform their lives giving them access to a decent job, confidence and self respect and real hope for the future.

Their youngsters will have the chance for a good start in life. Safe in the care of the Sisters they have proper nutrition and the early stimulation that will be so vital to future successful learning.