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Life skills and Vocational Training Project closing ceremony


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Women joiners graduate from Stabroek Rotary project

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Women joiners from the communities of Bagotville, Nismes and La Grange, West Demerara graduated last Saturday from the Rotary Club of Stabroek, a release from the club said.
Fifty women were part of a project implemented by the club with support from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Inter-national Trade and designed to help disadvantaged parents. It also turned out to be one where an all-women group is now equipped to earn an income that would enable them to bring dignity to their lives and those of their dependants.

It also provided participants with opportunities to address their own personal challenges of abuse, poverty and dependency on others, the club said in the release, while adding that a crucial support structure was its flexibility regarding the women’s availability for training.

President of the club, Luana Falconer, explained that the project sought to equip unemployed parents with skills such as sewing, fabric design, joinery, complementary life skills and etiquette training over a four- month period. Falconer said that she was disappointed that no males registered for the programme but added that the initiative was one that empowered the participants and encouraged them to utilize their new skills in shaping their future.

Luan Falconer (sixth from right) in front row and Canadian High Commissioner, David Devine (fifth from right in front row) with the participants.

Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Human Services, Patrick Findlay, also told the participants not to sit on their knowledge but to make use of job placement programmes and the Women of Worth micro credit scheme, both of which fall under his ministry, the release stated.

The choice of joinery by some women is an indication that women should be afforded equal opportunity in trade training, the release said. The women will serve as role models to others and as an innovative example of how to increase the representation of women in trades and occupations the club added.

The release also said that some of the women attested that the training offered them a chance for a better future. One participant, Nalini Dowlat said that “learning to sew and attending the etiquette and counseling sessions have enabled me to build my self confidence” while Tekla Douglas said that “…attending the joinery classes has empowered me to open my joinery shop.”

Rotary Club of Stabroek can be contacted through its secretary at 592-626-7987

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Life skills and Vocational Training Project closing ceremony

  1. 1. FUNDING SOURCES FOR THE PROJECT Canada’s Department for ForeignAffairs and International Trade (DFAIT) Rotary Club of Stabroek
  2. 2. PARTNERSHIP FOR PROJECT EXECUTION The Chairman, Councilors and residents of theLa Grange, Bagotville, Nismes NDC Selected members of the business community The staff of the Bagotville Library
  3. 3. THE INITIAL SCOPE OF THE PROJECTThe “Life Skills and Vocational Training Project” wasdesigned to specifically target unemployed andvulnerable youth and single parents of the La Grange,Bagotville, Nismes Communities.
  4. 4. WHY THESE THREE COMMUNITIES? RCOS has been supporting literacy development inthe community for over four years Actions of children prompted formal surveySome children: Had difficulty focusing Had difficulty retaining Were lethargic Survey revealed underlying need for interventions
  5. 5. TARGET PERSONS Individuals – Male and Female Between the ages of 16 and 35 Who left high school without finishing Who are currently unemployed Who are confused and troubled and needmotivation to overcome their struggles
  6. 6. REFLECTION“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and evenregret things in our past. But you are not yourmistakes, you are not your struggles, and you arehere NOW with the power to shape your day and yourfuture.”― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life andthe Human Experience
  7. 7. HOW STABROEK CONNECTED WITH THE PARTICIPANTSPrior to the commencement of training, a decisionwas made to interview each participant for entry intothe program. Weekend after weekend Rotarians satdown with these wonderful women mainly to havethem answer one simple question, which was “Whydo you want to be part of this program”. Rotarianswere not prepared for the answers received, but atthe end of the interviews, this project became verypersonal for them.
  8. 8. HOW STABROEK CONNECTED WITH THE PARTICIPANTSThe participants, all women, each had a story. Theywanted their stories to have a happy ending and sothey were ready to turn their can’ts into cans and theirdreams into plans. They were hungry to learn, theyhad ambition, they were all ready for the future. Allthey needed was an opportunity and that waswhat this project provided forthem.
  9. 9. AREAS IN WHICH TRAINING WAS PROVIDED: 22 females were trained in sewing andfabric designing Curtains Bedsheets & Pillowcases Mosquito nets Clothing Fabric painting
  10. 10. AREAS IN WHICH TRAINING WAS PROVIDED 5 females learned the joinery trade Measuring wood Cutting Sanding & Buffing Assembling Painting/Spraying/Lacquering Tile cutting and layingIt must be noted that the joinery trade is amale dominated skill area in Guyana. Nota single male registered for this training.
  11. 11. AREAS IN WHICH TRAINING WAS PROVIDED 32 females benefitted fromLifeskills/Counseling Four-petal Seven-shaper modelo Biology of the bodyo Self-moving abilityo How thinking affects and shapes feelingso How feelings can shape one’s behavior Johari’s Window on the Self Positive parenting Understanding adolescent development
  12. 12. AREAS IN WHICH TRAINING WAS PROVIDED: 32 females were participated in Etiquettetraining Handshakes Posture and leadership Non-verbal communication and bodylanguage Dining etiquette Formal and casual table settings
  13. 13. This project which was initiallytargeting males and femalesevolved into one of empowermentfor women
  14. 14. IMPACT ON THE INDIVIDUAL Equipped with skills that will lead toemployment Practice positive parenting Can start a small business Can have more income for the familywhich will lead to a better quality of life Empowered to become productive andself sufficient
  15. 15. IMPACT ON THE FAMILY More employed members in thehousehold Greater economic stability Improved family relationships Better able to understand and dealwith the children
  16. 16. IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY New businesses operating withinthe communities Create employment Positive influence on others Help neighbors and friends withtheir emotional challenges
  17. 17. THE TESTIMONIESThis program has built my self esteem and has openedopportunities to better my tomorrowsOnica ThompsonLearning to sew and attending the etiquette and counsellingsessions have enabled me to build my self confidenceNalini DowlatLearning to sew has set the stage for me to open a small business Evette AbramsI enjoyed the sewing classes but attending the joinery classes hasempowered me to open my own joinery shopThekla DouglasLearning sewing has empowered me to open my own business Genepha CarringtonI am looking forward to the future. The program has assisted meto be independentIashae JonesThe sewing and fabric designing classes have motivated me tobecome self reliantNicola McKenzieMy improved sewing skills will help me to save money Wanita BynoeThe sewing and counseling sessions have helped me with my selfesteem. I would love for the program to continueSamantha James
  18. 18. LESSONS LEARNEDThe importance of having a full time administratorwho resides within the community and who canprovide continuous monitoring of project activitiesGetting to know the participants. Conducting theinterviews motivated the Rotarians even more andthe participants were encouraged because theyfelt that the Rotary Club cared about their success.
  19. 19.  This project evolved into anempowerment project for women Men did not take advantage of thisopportunityMAIN PROJECT SUCCESS/DISAPPOINTMENT
  20. 20. SUSTAINABILITY Follow up graduates from the project Promote this project as a model forother communities in need of similarinterventions