The Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre (TWTC)
Location: Goma, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Located in the city of Goma, the TWTC is a place for women fleeing the ongoing conflict in their villages to develop the skills needed to support themselves and their families in the city.
The TWTC offers the women a 1-2 year program to train in a new skill and begin a solo or cooperative business.
We have a group of 8 women currently in their 2nd year of training. Our first-class graduated in June 2016, and to date, we have graduated a total of 57 women in seamstress training who also learned tie-dye processes and have gone on to start up sewing cooperatives to generate income to feed their families and educate their children. Ten women have learned basket weaving skills. A total of 15 women (1 woman from each cooperative business) have gone on to microfinance training. We continue to train new trainees and our graduates in additional business and income-generating skills.
The cost to support a woman is $50 CDN/month or $600 CDN/year with a two-year commitment.
- Through the big-heartedness of many individuals and the generous matching grant from doTERRA Healing Hands we will be starting a reusable sanitary pad project, teaching 60 women living in DR Congo how to sew reusable sanitary pads. The pads will be sold to girls and women at an affordable cost making them accessible and allowing them to continue their work and studies. In developing countries such as DRCongo, it is important to provide food and clean water for our trainees, and we have been able to budget for both. Without these necessities, women are not able to learn at the level which is required as we know that food and water are critical for the learning process for all human beings.
- Through the kind generosity of Cura for the World and doTERRA Healing Hands we were able to build a health clinic in Goma, beside the Tchukudu Women’s Training Centre. We are working diligently to find the funds to purchase the needed supplies, equipment and medications to get the clinic up and running.
THANK YOU TO OUR MANY SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS AND PARTNERS:
- GAYLEA FOUNDATION https://www.gaylea.com/news/foundation/cacha-3-3
- ELEMENTARY TEACHER’S FEDERATION OF ONTARIO’s HUMANITY FUND http://etfohumanityfund.ca/
- DOTERRA HEALING HANDS FOUNDATION https://doterrahealinghands.org/how-we-empower/people-communities/empowering-women
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