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NCA trains girls in bakery and hairdressing

Written by  Daniel Kasondo
The girls who underwent the training at bvumbwe The girls who underwent the training at bvumbwe

Thyolo, July 31, 2019: Over 300 girls in Thyolo have been equipped with life sustaining skills as a way of ensuring that they become financially independent and desist from engaging in sexual activities for money.

The hairdressing and bakery skills were provided by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in five day trainings that were conducted across the 10 traditional authorities of the district.

Norwegian Church Aid Project Officer for Health, Grace Chaweza, speaking during the closing of the trainings on Friday at Bvumbwe Community Hall said the skills learnt shall help the girls to be self-reliant and promote their lives through small businesses that they will be engaged in.

“Most of the girls we are working with are school dropouts, young mothers and girls who we mobilised for our clubs. The aim is to empower them to be economically independent so that they don't look up to men for support,” she said.

Chaweza said The Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project focuses on reducing the spread of HIV and Aids among girls who go into prostitution due to desperation and poverty.

“We strongly believe this initiative shall empower our girls. They will keep themselves busy in their businesses as they make money for their needs,” Chaweza said.

Meria Makola, who sat the Malawi School Certificate of Education in the year 2016 but could not get employment, said the bakery skills shall change her life as she was aiming at utilising the skills fully for her bakery business.

“We've learnt to bake scones, bread, cakes and others. Nobody has these skills in my area and it will be me producing them,” she said.

Makola said after establishing her bakery business, she would not think of going around hunting for employment as before but concentrate on developing it to a higher level.

“I will keep learning new skills from our tutor just to make sure I am established in the business,” she said.

Chimwemwe Khumbanyiwa, who was a tutor in hairdressing, said the girls have learnt a lot in salon business and that if put into use, the skills will transform their lives.

“I am a single mother of two kids but I am able to fend for myself through hairdressing. I am sure the girls will employ themselves if they utilise the skills learnt,” she said.

The Adolescent Girls and Young Women project which is funded by the Global Fund through Action Aid and Norwegian Church Aid is implemented in partnership with Evangelical Association of Malawi.

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