Reach The Girl Child Skills Training Center

by Aine Dixon
Created May 15, 2023 | Kawempe Division, Kampala Uganda
UGX 10,000.00 raised of UGX 35,000,000.00 goal 0.03%
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Growing up both an orphan and a reject of my biological father came with a lot of emotional pain and life challenges especially in general welfare, education and parental guidance. With God's mercy i managed to get some education through different people each at a time though it didn't yield me a career job that my family and i are surviving on just like many Ugandans. Hurnting for a job became a job itself then, a situation that is on an increase to date.
Long story short, i eventually got an opportunity to work with street connected children through an Organisation called Save Street Children Uganda where we would rescue these children off the streets, rehabilitate and then reintegrate them back into their original communities/ families. Majority were boys not because the girls were not there but as the boys were easily reached for rescue the girls were being exploited and sexually abused in the name of being causally employed around the city.
The 5 years i spent working for Save Street Children Uganda, my growing up and after seeing the children then now youths coming back onto the streets looking for jobs, all this triggered the passion in me of empowering young people especially girls with employable hands on skills for self-sustainability.
On 12th November 2015 i started Sustainable Youth Development Foundation (SYDF) a Community Based Organisation whose theory of change is to combat unemployment among the youth especially the girls, through employable hands on skills training and development to which Reach The Girl Child Skills Training Center is one of the projects.
Reach The Girl Child Skills Training Center started with one sewing machine donated by a very good friend/mother (who is still very supportive) as the whole tailoring department and one beneficiary Nakkazi Joyce as she narrates.
" I am so grateful to life for connecting me to Mr. Aine and SYDF just when my parents had almost given up on me. A friend to my mother shared with them about Mr. Aine's Skilling project. A week later i was taken to the center. Little did i know that i was the poineer. With God's provisions, while i was still at the center, the hairdressing and bakery departments were opened and we also starte making paper bags, and reusable sanitary pads. He advised me to learn all the skills available. I learned how to make papers on top of tailoring and eventually i started earning 70,000/= Uganda shillings off the paper bags per week and i also become a trainer"...
Over the years through partnering with others organisations like Sawa World and one time off grants from The Pollination, Project , Einstein Rising and some individuals both locally and internationally, SYDF has equipped over 20,000 young people (majority being girls) with employable hands on skills in tailoring, hairdressing, bakery, making liquid soap, paper bags, reusable sanitary pads and diapers. IMG_20210531_123125_923_1684215701.jpg
Reach The Girl Child Skills Training Center makes products like Reusable Sanitary Pads, diapers, Paper Bags and liquid soap to generate some income though the income is not enough to cover the daily expenses especially the monthly rent. The challenge of rent is having to shift almost every after 6 months which in most cases cuts off some of the girls from continuing with the trainings.
With this support, Reach The Girl Child Skills Training Center hopes to aquire this house that is strategically located in Gayaza 10 miles from Kampala city center. It is secure and specious enough to accommodate all the already existing skills and even extra additional skills like Sack/Smart Urban Farming. This will see SYDF register much greater impact in the life of the Ugandan girl child.



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