Lack of education is one of the major causes of poverty. This affects girls and women more than boys and men.
A study that was published in 2013 shows, that especially single mothers in Africa find themselves in a hopeless situation due to lack of education and general knowledge, which often makes them dependent on their parents, other relatives, or others in their community, for their own subsistence and that of their children. The study also shows that this applies to a greater extent to women in Kenya than elsewhere in Africa. This has devastating effects for these women, themselves, for their children and for their community at large.
Moreover, it has been found that women, in particular rural women, in developing countries play a crucial role in economic, environmental and social development. This finding was reason for the United Nations General Assembly to create UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Education is crucial to development, growth and poverty reduction. According to the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), education is the surest way to lift people out of poverty. However, education costs money, which is precisely what poor people don't have. Thus, the vicious circle is complete.
To contribute to a solution, we have started the project Watu Wangu Academy. This project aims to give over 700 single mothers in the rural area of Kitui West Sub-County in Kenya over a period of 3 years practical vocational courses, as well as information and guidance in economic, legal and social fields, to enable them to find a job or start a business, and to make them more socially resilient. This will empower them to build a decent life for themselves and their families, and will have a positive effect on their communities.
The basis of the program are three practical courses:
- fashion & tailoring
- hotel & catering
- beauty care
The courses will train twenty students per field of study in the basic knowledge and skills in these fields, on two days per week for three months.
After completion of the courses, they will be able to perform all common work in these areas. This will enable them to find a job or start their own business.
Information & Guidance
The women it concerns often don't only lack professional knowledge and skills; many of them are also dealing with a variety of social, legal and emotional issues. For this reason we have compiled an additional program, offering information and guidance in a variety of areas. Think of such things as legal, commercial and administrative knowledge and skills; computer knowledge and skills; setting up a business plan and applying for a micro credit; job application; legal aid for the application of identity papers, birth certificates and child support; social support; and family planning, sexual education and HIV-prevention. This additional program will take one daypart per week during three months.
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Watu Wangu Academy is a project of Watu Wangu Foundation.
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