AFRICA / UGANDA – Vocational training for boys and girls in the sectors of tailoring, hairdressing, catering and fishing
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Musoli (Agenzia Fides) – One year after the post-COVID project to support young people in Musoli, Uganda, the intervention is bearing fruit. Launched by Camillian Disaster Service International (Cádiz) project “Subsistence Support, Vocational Training for Youth and Health Promotion in Musoli, Uganda”, the Ugandan team continues to support 30 unemployed women from five villages in Musoli for to the acquisition of skills, professional training in tailoring, hairdressing and catering as well as 60 young people involved in a fishing project.
According to the Fides Agency, the beneficiaries officially began their studies last year, after the restrictions on COVID-19 were removed. “The students who resumed will finish the first year in July. The guidance program, conducted between May and November 2021, laid the groundwork for the steady progress of the beneficiaries. Students have seen a big improvement. Most of them are now able to make clothes of different designs without the immediate supervision of the teacher. This gives us hope that they can use the practical skills they are acquiring in clothing to build a bright future for themselves, their families and society at large, “say Cadiz sources.
“The fishing project also started well, the note reads. The project began with three boats, currently used by fifteen fishermen. The number of boats will be increased to six to involve other fishermen in the sector. The current challenge for fishermen is seasonal catches. The number of fish is currently lower because the season has not yet stabilized. “
As for the resilience project, it has focused in part on strengthening the existing health center. “With the support of Cádiz, the Musoli Health Center has a new look with a room, maternity wards and other medical equipment. Pregnant mothers have already begun giving birth in Musoli. Many poor pregnant women often use the prenatal services of this facility and, in addition to different parts of the Musoli subcommunity, they also come from outside. “
The village of Musoli is located in the Mayuge district, near Lake Victoria. Fishing is the main source of income for families living by the lake. Overall, in Uganda, 36% of workers are women and 64% are men. Most of them are employed in the primary fishing industries, sugar cane cultivation, quarries, restaurants / bars and the sexual exploitation industry, which involves a larger number of girls. Due to the high poverty rate, people often do not even have access to health services. In this context, the Camillian body promotes the intervention that, for three years, will strengthen the socio-economic resilience of young people and improve access to health services in the town of Musoli. The project aims to increase employment opportunities, increase monthly income, activate the participation of young people in community development activities, establish micro-enterprises by young people and improve the general health conditions of people.
(GC / AP) (Agenzia Fides 15/6/2022)