skill centres

skill centres

“The position of low-caste women in Asian society is little more than that of a slave. They work tirelessly with little or no recognition, are completely subservient to their husbands and in-laws, and under such great pressure that their personal needs are rarely met.” Empart Field Worker Adjun*

The social system, as well as a lack of education, money and hope ultimately keeps Asian women trapped in their circumstances and unable to escape.

One of the ways we’re addressing this is through Skills Centres.

 

Skills Centres have been set up to give disadvantaged women, and men, the skills they need to be able to earn a living and become independent.

With the support of local communities, Empart sets up Skills Centres to teach skills such as tailoring, candle making and computers.

Tailoring Centres

Tailoring Centres teach women how to sew – both hand stitching and how to use a sewing machine.

When women are taught how to sew they’re able to earn money as well as gain self-respect and increased credibility in the local community. Women who have their own means of income spend their wages on the family – providing food, clothing and education for their children.

Tailoring skills offered in our Skill Centres are particularly effective for women who live in poorer areas and who have very limited access to education. Most woman we train are widowed or live with a husband who is either not present, violent or alcoholic.

During the six month tailoring course, women are shown God’s love and the importance they have in His eyes. We find that women who attend the course open up and share their problems, worries and joys. As trust builds, many discover the power of prayer for the first time and experience healing in their body, life and circumstance.

Upon completion a graduation ceremony is held to celebrate the student’s important achievement and honour the efforts they have invested. Graduates go out with a sense of purpose and an ability to earn a living.

Tailoring Centres have been established where students are given on-going, regular employment. Empart sources the clients and negotiates payment. The women come into the Centre daily to work. This gives them a stable, secure source of income. In the past we’ve given graduates their own sewing machine but have found that husbands often sold the machine or it sat unused. The setting up of Tailoring Centres is a much better use of resources and is another way that we can empower and partner with local communities.

You can made a difference in a woman’s life and in the lives of her family.

$125 enables one woman to attend a Skill Centre for 6 months.

Will you empower a woman today? Your gift will also empower future generations. Please donate today.

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