WEHAF has opened a tailoring training school to help women, especially young girls, acquire tailoring skills. This will help them improve their living conditions by enabling them to earn an income through selling clothes they sew. Everyday, the women are being taught by a qualified teacher on how to cut, design, and produce clothes. Take a look at their products in the 'catalogue'.
For the women to be able to join our projects and to work, their children need a place to stay during the day as well. Therefore, we opened a day care class for children aged from 3 to 5 years. Currently we have 45 children attending the class from 9:00 am to 13:00 pm 5 days a week. The lessons are held in English to already create a basis for the children’s further education. Before and after attending the pre-school classes they can stay till their mothers are ready to pick them up. During their time at the day care, we try to find them sponsors so that they can continue their education at primary school and hopefully even secondary school. Education is the basis for a brighter future.
The Elimu project
At WEHAF, we believe that every child has the right to quality education regardless of their caregiver’s income. Therefore we will do everything we can to ensure that the children we support are able to attend school. While working on Elimu Project, we noticed that a lot of Tanzanian girls were facing difficulties to go to school because of the lack of access to hygienic protections during their menstruation. A volunteer taught to WEHAF’s beneficiaries how to sew reusable sanitary pads. We would like all girls to have access to them. With only one pad, they could live their entire life without struggling during their menstruation.
Mboga Mboga (Swahili for vegetable) is a farming program that was started with the aim of helping women to start their own business. A piece of land can be used by ten women for free for one year. Once they start, WEHAF provides them with seeds and fertilizer to cultivate their vegetables on their own and sell them at the local markets.
SUSTAINABLE WOMEN BUSINESS
In our community we often see women who had a business that sustained their lives. However, suddenly they were not able to continue, because of a lack of capital. The lack of capital is usually due to HIV stigmatization or other unfortunate events that occurred, and put them in financial distress. With SWB we provide those women with one flow of investment, and actively follow-up on their projects until they reach financial independence.
HIV is a prevalent, yet severely taboo virus that affects a lot of people. We deliver food packages to those who are most affected by intense discrimination and hardship. We also test for viral load once a month, for those who wish to be tested, to ensure that those who are HIV+ receive the right medication in a respectful and dignified manner.