WOMEN & GIRLS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM
Vocational Skills Training Program for Out-of-Schools Girls & Women
"We believe all girls and women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and can change the world."
Training Period: 2019 - 2021
Project Locations/Training Centers:
North West Region of Cameroon
(i) Shisong, Kumbo - Bui Division
(ii) Kikaikom, Kumbo - Bui Division
(iii) Kom, Kumbo - Bui Division
(iv) Njinikom, Boyo Division
(vi) Babessi, Ndop - Ngo-ketunjia
South West Region of Cameroon
(i) Muea, Buea - Fako Division
(ii) Molyko, Buea - Fako Division
Sewing/dress making (22 trainees)
Hair styling (2 trainee2)
Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) Project
Empowering Women & Girls in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon
The "Poverty to Prosperity" Project is our "Vocational Skills Training, Employment and Empowerment" initiative. Besides giving deprived and vulnerable children the gift of education, building and renovating educational infrastructure such as schools thereby promoting education and increasing children participation in schools, and feeding and clothing least privilege children living in abject poverty, we also support out-of-school girls and single mothers maximise their potential through our vocational skills training.
The main objective is to cut poverty and boost opportunity by empowering out of school girls and single mothers struggling to raise and give their children a better future despite the downsides of living in extreme poverty. This is one of our progressive anti-poverty initiatives with focus on boosting participants' confidence and making them become productive members of their communities. The target groups are especially from least privilege background, living in abject poverty and lack the financial capacity to either pursue formal education or set up for themselves a life sustaining activity.
Our P2P project prepares participants to later take up life sustaining economic activities, become self-reliant and empowered. At the moment we offer the following vocational training opportunities:
1. Hair Dressing and Beauty Therapy
2. Catering & Hotel Management
3. Sewing (Dress making)
4. Computer and Documentation Services.
Training programs often last between 6 months and 1 year. By the end of the training, participants must have gained enough support in creating and accessing opportunities for employment and income generation, knowledge and skills transfer and community capacity building. To implement this program, we partner with selected vocational training centers and established businesses in the communities we serve. Our skills instructors are not only experts in their field, they also have full knowledge of the industry or business they are involved in.
Here at the Milat Foundation, we follow the training achievements of the girls and women we train. We have developed a multi-step approach to monitor and evaluate their training progress:
Our staff (project coordinator) will visit the training centers periodically
The trainers will act as advisors and will support us in mentoring, monitoring and evaluating the girls & women (trainees)
Trainees will submit periodic written reports to share their reflections and highlight issues they encounter
Trainees who are unable to submit a written report (due to language or educational limitations) will be interviewed in their preferred means of communication, and have their report written down by our project coordinator.
Out-of-school girls and single mothers struggling to raise and give their child/children a better future, and who:
Lack funding to pursue formal education or set up a life sustaining economic activity
Single mothers struggling to raise and give their children a better life despite the downsides of living in poverty
Have a strong desire to pursue vocational training in a selected trade
Demonstrate good moral and ethical behaviour
Are ages between 15-25 years
Women above the age of 25 can also be considered on a case by case basis.