Home   Projects in Africa   Women's empowerment

Projects in support of girls and women

Empowerment of women is one of the ways we try to support development of communities we work with.

Collaboration with women’s groups

ghana2010-360_1335944749.jpg

In Ghana, our partner is Afrika Women Association of Obom, a local women’s group we help to establish in 2007. Thanks to the collaboration with this group we run a community centre in Obom where women can meet and where we opened a workshop for dress makers.

Vocation training in dressmaking is offered to the school leavers, both girls and boys, and other youth from the surrounding villages. The training takes three years and is conducted under the supervision of two experienced dressmakers from the community. Humanitas Afrika helped building the workshop, developing the training course, and currently continues financing the cost of running the workshop.

A number of local women take part in microfinancing programme which provides them with the opportunity to make savings and apply for a loan. The scheme is managed by AWAO and its executive board. Women can use the loans to support their small entrepreneurial activities and effectively to secure the livelihood for their families. Thanks to a small loan they are able to buy goods for sale in bulk, they buy things for processing agricultural products, and those who farm buy seeds etc.

Take a look at the photos from AWAO meeting in Obom.

Education

In 2007-2008, Humanitas Afrika implemented a project named Bon Départ in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. In collaboration with two local schools, we trained not less than 100 women in basic administrative skills. Young women who applied for this course didn’t complete their education and due to this, many of them were in difficult situation.

Upon the completion of the course, they acquired basic computer skills and other knowledge and skills required on the local job market. Thanks to this, a lot of them found a job, e.g. in local small businesses, schools, state institutions or in NGO sector. The project was financially supported by Regional Partnership Programme. We are currently looking for new partners for the project as this programme had been closed.

Take a look at the photos and video from the project: