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Young Women’s Vocational Training

Equipping over 600 young mothers with skills so they can provide for themselves and their families.

Both of the JENGA programmes directly impacting young mums offer vocational training and support to vulnerable single mothers in the community. Many of the women enrolled have had children prior to completing school or obtaining consistent work. Most come from dysfunctional relationships and families with a serious need for practical support. JENGA’s vocational programme is designed to offer certified training in cooking, housekeeping, nutrition, hair-dressing and tailoring. Each member also receives guidance on how to establish and maintain an income generating small business.

The skills learned are transformative, and the opportunity to build a supportive community of peers alongside the local church, empowers the young mums to eliminate their future reliance on outside support.

Winnie’s Story

Winnie was one of the young women who JENGA had met on the streets of one of the local slum communities. When we met Winnie, her father had passed away and so her mother and her other siblings was struggling to find ways to survive; paying rent, buying food and other necessities. Winnie had to drop out of school as she did not have the money to pay for her school fees (school is not free in Uganda) and she had settled into a friendship group which was encouraging and putting pressure on her to become involved in hurtful activities.

With JENGA’s help, Winnie was given the opportunity to learn a skill and joined the hairdressing section of the Young Women’s Vocational Programme. Winnie worked hard, and completed the training, receiving her certificate in Hairdressing one year later. As soon as she graduated from the programme, she joined a JENGA Savings and Loans group. Once she had saved some finances, and took out a loan from the group Winnie begun her very own hairdressing business. She was so happy to move into a new life of hope; one where she is now able to financially support herself and her family.