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Funding, Equipment and Volunteers Needed for Training Disadvantaged Uganda Women

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Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

This project is meant to address the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls in rural and sub-urban communities in Uganda. The project is to be implemented by the Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust (AIDEST), a non-profit and community based organization.

The Women enterprise After Skills Training (WEASE) project involves training and equipping young women in life-skills development in the following areas:

a) Leather-works designs & making
b) Tailoring & fashion designing
c) Basic computer skills
d) Salon, hairdressing and beauty care
e) Handcrafts designing & making
f) Accounting packages

The project will directly benefit 160 young women who will be trained and equipped in the above mentioned livelihood skills and have access to sustainable business enterprises in a period of 1 year. The total number of indirect beneficiaries will be 480. AIDEST believe that the project will help improve innovation, employment, income, social welfare and standard of living among the disadvantaged women.

What is your project and how will it help?

WEASE will be implemented and carried out as below:

The team will first identify the most needy women, who will be trained at the AIDEST centre; thereafter the beneficiaries will be formed into groups to carry out joint ventures or small businesses engaged in one of the aforementioned areas. For example, businesses may manufacture, design and supply products such as garments, uniforms, sweaters, ladies and gents wear, and leather products (i.e. shoes, belts, bags, wallets, etc.). This will help generate income to sustain the group and young women involved. This in a long-run gives young women a chance to engage themselves actively in work or business in the future. Another aim of this project is to also promote security, sustainable development and responsible production in enterprises.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Through the Intercultural Cooperation Exchanges and Networking (ICCEN) program, the organization promotes and coordinates recruitment and placement of volunteers and interns from around the world to community projects throughout Uganda for a period of days, weeks, months up to three years. Volunteers arriving into Uganda through ICCEN programs are welcomed at the Entebbe International Airport on arrival, then transported to place of their residence, after which they receive cultural orientation briefs, prior to their being allocated place of host projects.

We also welcome overseas partners and collaborators who may be willing to provide appropriate technical, knowledge or technological assistance, to advance such programs in the areas of industrial development, science and research.

Please detail the resources that you need.

As of June, 2013 the organization is in an urgent need of Financial Help of 24,989USD to help fund the training program, purchase equipment and material to establish Young Women Production Cluster Groups or Business Enterprises for income generation among themselves. This appeal comes in because the number of trainees/beneficiaries is now rising, and we have nowhere to replace them after completion.

In June 2010 AIDEST posted the project, Needy Youth Production and Skills Training, for funding amounting to 5,000EUROS which enabled us to kick-start our program. We used this money to purchase equipment and production tools we are currently using. However this fund was not sufficient enough to meet our current capacity (i.e. equipping a total of 460 trainees/beneficiaries per year)

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Job creation and enterprise development


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