WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: 3 SAMPLE PROJECTS
Organization: Rise & Shine
Project Objective: to provide tailoring training to young widows with children, empowering them to support themselves and gain social inclusion
In brief: Rise & Shine, a Nepali Christian organization registered with the government in 2011, seeks to uplift widows and their dependents. The grant provided support for a 6-month tailoring training program, including payment to the instructor and sewing supplies. The three graduates were able to make a living with their new skills. In addition to this project, Rise & Shine also offers training in candle and soap-making, and runs a women’s micro savings program.
Organization: Sahara Nepal
Project Objective: to provide widows and destitute single mothers with a livelihood and sense of self-worth
In brief: Sahara Nepal, a registered NGO founded in 2001 by a Nepali Christian nurse, offers sewing and knitting training to women in desperate situations. Connected with a local church, the organization offers a 6-month course for groups of 20 trainees who are instructed by a skilled graduate of the project. In addition to the grant received from the Fund, Sahara Nepal charges a minimal registration fee and receives assistance from the host church’s social services fund. So this is a model joint endeavor with a sustainable future.
Bead Jewelry Training
Organization: Hope for the Future
Project Objective: to build self-confidence and skill development among marginalized women so they can live a life of dignity
In brief: Hope for the Future's goal is to engender sustainable development for the most needy in Nepali society through training, rather than through monetary gifts. Two 8-day trainings for 30 women were provided by this Nepali faith-based organization as part of its “capacity-building project.” Participants included orphans, disabled, poor, and low-caste. They learned jewelry design and production, using locally-available and affordable beads. The training was such a success that there is a great demand for more workshops.