Ulemu Dignity Update January 2017

Since our last update the Dignity Project has progressed significantly and has now completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of its original objectives.

Girls Showers – an initiative providing education on sexual and reproductive healthParticipants at the second Girls' shower at Namphungo Community Day Secondary School pose for a group photograph during the shower

Following on from the successful delivery of this programme to many girls in the schools, ACT report that school attendance has notably improved in the last year by comparison. The number of girls dropping out of school has gone down. Pass rate of exams have gone up. There has also been a reduction in the number of early marriages and premarital pregnancies amongst the community. ACT report that the girls are confident and lively and that they expressed a clear understanding of the objectives of the programme as well as enjoying it.

Mothers/Widows groups

Over 350 women have now received training in areas such as setting up a small business, teamwork, menstrual health/hygiene, HIV & AIDS prevention and management, sewing and making reusable sanitary pads.

2 Sewing Centres have now been established. Each centre has 2 sewing machines as well as scissors and other sewing accessories.

A woman using the sewing machine after it was presented and assembled during the handover at Namphungo Ulemu Women's CentreOver 130 individual ‘Life Packs’ containing pants and reusable pads have now been produced directly by these centres. Each of the girls on the programme at both schools (around 200) will have received a pack by the end of last year.

We are thankful to God for the way this project has progressed in Malawi and for the vision behind it.

We are excited about the 3rd and final phase of this project going forward into 2017 and hopefully complete by the end of April or thereabouts. This will include:

  • The 3rd and final sessions of the Girls Shower programme in the schools.GILEP Director hands over a sewing machine to Rose Patrick who is Village Headwoman Namate who is one of the beneficiaries.
  • Further training for the Mothers/Widows groups to help them to increase capacity and extend their income generation.
  • Purchase more sewing machines for the centres.

If you would like to give to the Dignity Project, you can either text text £3/£5/£10 FRCD01 to 70070 or www.dignityproject.co.uk

Check out our previous update.

 

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