Vocational Training for Single Mothers

Improving the Lives of Disadvantaged Single Mothers

Single mothers especially in the Ghanaian rural communities face the challenge of social stigmatization, rejection, and abuse. Understanding, acceptance, and inclusion are vital to empowering single mothers and their children.

With a vision of youth empowerment, skills development and capacity building, the Baobab Academy, an Amicus Onlus Project, over the years has gained mastery in empowering persons through our field based tailor-made training programs. Having operated mainly in Accra, Amicus Onlus has recently extended activities to marginalized communities in other regions.

After scouting through some towns and communities in the Central Region, the Academy found Mumford conducive and deserving enough to commence its programs from. After several stakeholders’ meetings, the Academy identified low economic income and lack of skills as key obstacles to the youth development, especially among females, in the town. Hence, Amicus decided to intervene by empowering these youths with skills in fashion (dress making and sewing).

The local Catholic Church of St. Joseph Cleaver lended premises and aided in selecting prospective candidates to commence a course in sewing and fashion. Currently, the program benefits (20) women and single mothers. Spanning a period of twelve (12) months, the course takes beneficiaries through intensive fashion modules by qualified resource persons from the National Association of Tailors and Dressmakers after which they will register and sit the accredited examination of the Association for certification.

The course commenced on Monday, October 23, 2017 and was preceded by a launch at the St. Joseph Cleavers Catholic Church on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at ten o’clock in the morning.

Women and girls undergoing this training are also being taken through an entrepreneurial training to better equip them to set up small businesses after completion. These women at the end of the project will be able to start their own dressmaking business and also make it sustainable. This will allow them to be economically stable to cater for their children and families.