Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day, every year on the 8th March people from around the world come together to celebrate the success and progress that women have made. The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 was Push for Progress. While great strides have been made for women, we are also reminded that there is still much work and advocacy to be done. Life for women in developing countries can be extremely challenging, not only are women faced with extreme poverty but they also have to fight through social and cultural barriers. Many women face immense difficulties just because of their gender, this means that women and girls are susceptible to poverty, abuse and isolation.
We want to help women to raise themselves up out of poverty, at Kids Club Kampala we are working hard to empower women to increase their income to improve their lives, which will in turn improve the lives of their children. We teach women new skills, provide them with start-up capital, help them with savings and micro-loans and give them business training. We help women with their education and literacy skills, and provide their families with basic needs such as clothes and school fees. Women are extremely important and are often the backbone of the community, we believe in women and we know the value they bring to the community and their families, by empowering women we indirectly empower children.
Our Women’s Initiatives are making a big difference in Uganda and we hope to develop this further by helping women to start their own businesses. We have recently launched a campaign to send sewing machines to women which will help them to become entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to empower women to change their lives for the better. Many times women simply want to be able to provide the basics for their children such as food, education and shelter. A sewing machine will help women to earn a respectable living to support their family, for women who have no formal education and no other means of safe and legal income, a sewing machine can make huge difference. Women who start their business can grow a steady income, they can also support other women to develop skills to improve their lives.
Why sewing machines you may ask.
We want to provide women with the tools to be self-reliant, this way women can use their skills to create a better life for themselves and their families. There’s a Chinese proverb which reads “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” The sewing machine project encompasses this proverb, as our aim is to help women to be self- reliant and to use their skills to make a better life for themselves and their children. We believe that giving women a sewing machine is a gateway to economic freedom, not only is it an opportunity to have control over their future but it empowers women to overcome the challenges that they face. If women can have access to opportunities for self-development there is no holding them back, entrepreneurship is another avenue for women to earn and work independently, to a woman in Uganda a sewing machine can be the doorway to a better life.
We have been fortunate to receive donations of sewing machines from the UK but we need the funds to ship them over to Uganda, to get them fixed and to purchase some necessary accessories so that the women can begin to make an income for themselves and their families. We need help to reach our target of £500. We welcome all donations no matter how big or small, and for those who have already made a donation we would like to say thank you, your kindness is greatly appreciated.
So if you were wondering how to mark International Women’s Day here’s how, help raise money for this important cause by donating here and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with all our women’s initiatives.