When the skills acquisition train hit Danre’s village, she was amongst the first set of girls to enrol for the sewing classes. Despite her many responsibilities at home she made out time to attend the evening coaching classes after which she would go home, make dinner complete her chores and use her alone time to practice stitches using just the needle and thread distributed at the learning center.
She started piecing together worn out clothes that had been given up on, she would cut and hand stitch most of the family’s old cloths so as to give them a new look and design. Through her zeal to learn and perfect her new found love, she completed projects given out in no time and got noticed by the volunteers in charge of the skills acquisition program.
When the two weeks program came to an end Danre qualified as one of the three finalists to be awarded tools to enable them continue their learning and grow it into something worthwhile. She was given a sewing machine with some materials and other essentials to help Kickstart her journey into self development.
Six months later, Danre has become a wonderful seamstress throughout the village and her work has become a source of extra income for the family. Seeing the changes this skill has worked for her Danre is determined that by the end of the year she would buy a sewing machine and use it to train her siblings in the art of dressmaking, and all others interested in it.
Danre’s story proves that good deeds create ripple effects, and empowering a woman equals empowering a nation.
When women are either put in Schools or through skills acquisition trainings, there is a higher ratio of impact to be realised, as one woman can effect changes in her family and community when given the opportunity.
When opportunity is given to women and children of less privileged situations, it reduces the risk of losing one more child to starvation, or to a life of crime, or to a gloom life with no hope for a better future.
Skills acquisition is a proven method to eradicate poverty, for when you teach a person to fish he is less likely to die of hunger, and more likely to invite his clansmen to learn this art and not be hungry anymore. This way a good deed is promoted and integrated into the community, hence elevating it’s general status.
As volunteers for NGOs the joy is felt when from little resources big impact is made and life altering decisions taken. Many have been given a new leash on life through either education or skills acquisition, both which have tremendous amount of impact in whatever measure it is given.
When you contribute to causes such as this in forms of donations, you are playing a big part in designing a safer, brighter future for most underprivileged children who need extra help to have firm roots and to develop beyond their circumstances. You can use this as a measure to give back to the world.