Vocational training opportunities are scarce in poverty-stricken rural Rwanda. As a result of generous donations from Canada Embrace Rwanda has set up several schools providing the knowledge and experience in useful trades, thus providing an income for families in the local communities. These include:
- Sewing and Tailoring: The women complete a certified one year course in sewing and tailoring. The first class of 46 students from the Healthy Mums Project graduated in May 2013 and has now started to set up their small coops to make uniforms for the local schools. There are 32 new students to take their place.
- Baking and Cooking: Women from the Healthy Mums Project are learning baking and cooking skills that they can practice in their smaller communities and set up small business opportunities. They also sell their baking where 500 packets of 10 buns, 100 packets of 10 donuts are sold every day as well as chapattis and cakes as requested.
- Knitting schools are underway to provide the women with skills to use knitting machines. Their garments will be sold locally and in other regions.
Women from the local Congolese Refugee camp are also using the Centre’s facilities for training both in sewing and baking.
Buildings are under construction so that carpentry and construction training can be added to the Centre’s programs.
Projects inter-link and support each other: e.g. the wearing of uniforms in pre-schools is a mark of pride, so uniforms are made in the sewing school for a low cost, benefiting the sewing school, the pre-schools, and local families.