Women's Empowerment Project
Women's Empowerment Kondoa is run by the Mother’s Union Kondoa and students can choose to study literacy skills or sewing. Alongside this they are given lessons on health, nutrition, parenting skills, Christian marriage and business skills in order to equip them for life.
The Women’s Empowerment Project has evolved greatly since it began in 2013 and we are constantly looking to improve the teaching we provide so that the project has the greatest benefit for the participants. The project was originally planned to be courses of three months but, with experience, each course has now been extended to six months. It also occasionally includes men who wish to learn literacy skills too.
During 2014, the project educated seventeen students, ten in sewing and seven in literacy. Seven of the sewing students graduated at the end of September and the rest of the students in December. All the students were given a gift of sewing needles, thread and fabric on leaving the project.
This project was at first funded by a generous donor in the Rochester Diocese and is now mainly funded by the Mothers Union. Rev'd Lilian Gaula, chair of the Mothers Union in Kondoa, recently led a team visit to Bunda, where they were inspired and informed about how to establish a commercial entreprise, including a sewing school and other ventures. They were pleased to welcome a return visit from Bunda in June 2017.
Lilian said: "We wish one day if Gods will we will have an independent center for our girls like that. It was a blessing safari. Last month we got visitors from GB Bunda as well, it was for return visit, how a blessing it was!!!"
The WE students receive their certificates
In the company of the Bishop's Wife, Reverend Dr Lilian Guala, the students pass with flying colours and come one step closer to achieving their ambitions.