Creating Opportunity for Women to Generate Income

Upper Egypt Village Cluster, Egypt

 

We started our Children’s Development Programme (CDP) within a tribe. At the beginning, there were 15 children and now we have 50 children. We gave the children lessons about bullying, and we used a photo of professor Steven Hawking. We told his story and how he was a successful scientist but was paralysed and could not move any part of his body except his head. When we showed his photo to the children, some started to laugh, and some did not like the photo. After this, we asked them if anyone would like to be like him. The children did not say anything. I asked them if he was responsible for being like this. They said, “No, he was born like that.” I asked them why they laughed. No one said anything. We explained that bullying someone is in fact mocking the state they were born in. As a direct result of this teaching, the children stopped bullying each other when they came to the next course. 

 

In one of the villages, the CDP group visited the hospital for parentless children. At the age of five, they are taken to another shelter. Transformational Community Development (TCD) children’s group provides them with diapers, Cerelac, baby detergents, wipes, air fresheners, alcohol and Dettol soap. Some leaders were affected to the point of crying because innocent children have no guilt and are without identity. Their fathers and mothers threw them in the street as a result of poverty or a scandal in the family. Being left alone and containment can make the hearts of these children hard, but “love is a medicine that heals heart wounds,” said our TCD worker.

 

In a village nearby, our TCD worker decided to make awareness visits; there are very poor households, and the villagers lack education. Our TCD worker could distribute chlorine to disinfect the ground, soap for washing hands and masks. The worker taught them how to protect themselves and their children from sicknesses. Indeed, the little light in the dark makes a difference. The effect of the awareness day made the whole village talk about the importance of prevention, and they began to help others by sharing what they learnt. Our TCD worker said, “Diseases cause death, but ignorance is the killer.”

 

TCD Update

  • Food — 100 hot meals were distributed to 100 poor children in hospitals from the women’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) programme in Towa. Coordination was done with local women who handed out meals in the hospital.

  • Income Generation — Akila*, a married 38-years-old woman, mother of four children, has a small project in her home. Her family was affected by the COVID-19 crisis. She sells groceries and sweets to the children. She attends the Women's Health Group, and, every week, new skills to save money are being taught. Akila learnt how to make liquid soap in the group. Since then, she sells her own-made soap in her store at a higher price and is able to generate some income. The lessons helped her family very much.

     

    Kepri* is good proof of creating opportunities. She learnt a lot in the TCD women’s group. The amount she needed was 2000 pounds to start her Income Generation project; as she did not have any money, she decided to borrow this amount from someone. Due to her diligence, she learnt not only to trim clothes, but also to manufacture clothes like they are in factories. Her project grew a lot as the village women started to buy the manufactured clothes from her. When the person who loaned her money saw her success, he decided not to take the money because she was always helping poor widows. She was a model to others suffering from financial need. She created an opportunity and succeeded.

     

    We trained 90 women’s groups to make liquid soap and start a project from home.
     

  • Education — We are starting new Child Development Programmes in Armena Village. After a seminar about children’s rights, the village leader asked the training team to start weekly classes. Fifty children were involved.

     

    A TCD awareness meeting for women was held for 12 weeks for more than 260 women in 12 villages.  Trainers visited more than 1300 women.
     

  • Wellness — The clinic continues to help villagers in this difficult time as hospitals are filled with COVID-19 cases. The clinic communicates with patients in home isolation and provides some medicines and oxygen tubes.

 

Thank you,

 

Youhanna

GHNI Partner

*For purposes of safety and wellbeing, “Akila” and “Kepri” are pseudonyms for the individuals involved with this project. 

 

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