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Jewelry making in Gaborone, Botswana

vocational training for women

Kagisano Women's shelter project / jewelry workshop
Name Kagisano Women's shelter project / jewelry workshop, Gaborone, Botswana
Aim Kagisano "To empower those affected by HIV/AIDS and violence by providing temporary shelter, counseling, referrals and survival skills."
Since The shelter operates since June 1998. The workshop started in 2009.
Staff 1 teacher
People reached Currently up to 4 students
Contact Joyce Ramphaleng
Donation 650 Pula + 100 USD (200 USD)

Our first cause in Botswana is supporting abused women to find their way back into society. They have often gone through terrible experiences, beaten and raped by their former partners from whom they have to be protected.

For this reason, the actual shelter we visit is on a secret location.

We decide to support a sustainable income-generating activity that involves the women: a jewelry workshop. We drop by in the early afternoon and meet Joyce and two of the women learning from her. The workshop is located in a small barack on the premises of the Kagisano drop-in centre. One of the women comes from Maun, Botswana's third city near the Okavango delta.

We see newspaper sheets, beads, cotton, paint and other materials. It is amazing how much can be done with natural objects you just find on the ground. Joyce presents us the resulting products. The paper mash jewelry looks very nice indeed. Yeon and I decide to buy some pretty bracelets. The bowls and earrings also look great.

Joyce also paints. The paintings have a great design, some of them depict Botswana traditional life, and can help making this project sustainable.

However, some indispensable materials for making jewelry cannot be found on the street. Our donation goes to those materials, mainly paint.

Below is a list to give you an idea of the price of the jewelry.

big bowl 55 Pula (about 9 USD)
medium bowl 45P
pot 45-55P
bracelet 45P
necklace 75P
earrings 20P

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EphPhatha Orphan home

realizing income generating activities in Tamil Nadu, India

Eph'phatha Orphan home
Name Eph'phatha Orphan home
Aim Supporting orphaned children in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Since 1996
Staff 2: Nehru and Ruby
People reached 30 orphans live in Eph'phatha; 20 more children come for day care
Contact Nehru Samuel
Donation 25,000 Rupees (554 USD)

Through a friend in London we knew about Ruby and Nehru and their orphanage in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. We have been looking forward to visit them, and they have been expecting us. So it is exciting for all of us when we meet in the main hall of the Chennai railway station at 7am on March 9th. We haven't really slept well on our overnight train from Bangalore, and doze off on the backseat of the car our hosts so kindly have arranged to bring us to Tiruvannamalai.

And there we are welcomed and hailed like royals. Thirty children wave and chant and there's confetti and foam and a big sign "Welcome Kamiel and Yeon" and they give us chocolate and paper hearts. The orphan home is located in a rental building (7000 rupees/month) with a palm leaves thatched roof Nehru constructed himself. There is a living room with some donated couches in it, and three smaller rooms where the children sleep.

We support Eph'Phatha by setting up several income generating projects. We start with the Pickle Project. Since Ruby is a learned cook with a faible for pickling, all the exertise is available. We simply jump on a rickshaw together, rush through the dusty streets of Tiruvannamalai and buy hardware and ingredients: a paraffine stove, plastic jars in different sizes, spices, salt, vinegar, garlic, tomatoes. Ruby amazes us by beginning that same night. We will bring a sample of Eph'Phatha Pickles with us to convince communities in other countries to make pickles. With the rotting fruits and cabbages in Africa in mind, this idea makes a lot of sense.

The Tailoring Project doesn't mean that Eph'Phatha fashion hits any major runway soon, but it can certainly become a sustainable source of income. Apart from that, it is a life skills training for some of the children. We jump on a rickshaw again, buy a sewing machine, scissors, needles, threads, fabric, and bring everything to Eph'phatha. They start tailoring immediately and soon some fashionable pillow covers are ready. The enthousiasm just baffles us.

Finally, we support education, albeit in an indirect way. We buy four strong tables for the children to study on. The first one we make ourselves, the other three are done by a carpenter and very professionally. We let the children design and paint the board, and soon the first table is covered with a rose and a butterfly. The children are happy with their new furniture, but don't forget about the old stools and tables that all get a paint job.

We help Eph'Phatha setting up a blog and will contribute to it in the future. Also a virtual friendship with African children might excite them when they exchange their ideas of the future.

We are very thankful to Nehru and Ruby, they prove to be excellent managers of their orphan home.

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