Education Counseling Vocational Training Love of Christ Life Skills
What is life like for many Rwandan women?
Many Rwandan women from ages 25-60 never had the opportunity to attend school. These women found themselves with mouths to feed while trapped in a cycle of poverty—little education, no skills, and complex trauma issues. Women are especially vulnerable to unemployment, and out of desperation, become ensnared by the sex industry. Making a few dollars per client seems better than starving, but the job quickly turns dangerous and life-threatening.
How we help our DuHope women find FREEDOM:
Since 2015, DuHope has focused on strengthening these women with intense group counseling, Bible studies and trainings. Jewelry production became our vocational training which also generated income to grow the ministry of DuHope. As our women have continued to express their desire to learn, we have identified specific areas of training opportunities and thus narrowed our focus.
EDUCATION- Many cannot read, some cannot write. We found an Adult Literacy training, which will cost us about $45 per woman per month.
Our goal is for all 11 DuHope women to pass the Adult Literacy training by August 2020.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING- These women are now skilled at jewelry making, however, additional vocational training requires about $31 per woman per month to take the DuHope women past a basic level of sewing.
By July of 2020, we plan to have sewing products the women can produce at a proficient level.
LIFE SKILLS- It requires $31 per woman per month to gain a stronger understanding of budgeting, savings, and nutrition.
The DuHope women are saving a portion of their monthly jewelry production income and because of this training, are making plans for side businesses to increase their wages by 2020.
COUNSELING- We have brought in trauma specialists to train our staff and our DuHope women, but for those specialist to continue working with our women after training, it will cost $45 per woman per month for 12 months of follow up.