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Empower Vulnerable Women and Youth

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July 17, 2017

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Isano Women and Youth Empowerment ( IWE ) is a Local non-profit organization founded by Élise Rida on November 4th, 2014. IWE creates a space where genocide survivors, those suffering from HIV+/AIDS and vulnerable people, especially women, learn technical skills such as tailoring and handicrafts. These trainings create lasting opportunities for women and youth to lift their families out of poverty , job creation and to reduce domestic violence. Message from founder “Since I became an orphan at an early age, the great thing that has affected me a lot is hunger. Today I fight for a secure future, a future where people do not go to bed hungry. Thinking of the future at that time, it seemed like a utopia. How can a person who cannot find food dream of a better future? Despite hunger, I did not give up. Today I am reassured. I have no worries to find something to eat. The Isano Women and Youth Empowerment project represents to me the act of gratitude to those who helped me and it is to give back to my community. I hate hunger. This project will help women, children and young people to be able to find food themselves. I know that these people cannot have dreams for the future easily; the project can contribute a little bit to help them find and realize their dreams.” We empower women and youth through vocational and technical training as well as mentoring. However, we continue to have challenges. For instance, after they received training in sewing, a large number of our beneficiaries were not able to buy their own sewing machines. IWE hopes to give sewing machines to those who are unable to buy them. Now, Our Beneficiaries are 69 women and Youth and 42 children and Youth in our Reading & writing program IWE Workshops for Youth & Adults IWE provides a number of regular workshops about marketing, leadership, mentorship, Capacity building ,starting and management of a small business, capacity and confidence building. This includes issues that affect women such as sexually transmitted diseases, safer sex and female genital mutilation, gender equality, fighting against HIV & AIDS, genocide and its consequences, unwanted pregnancies, drug prevention, family planning, preventing sexually based violence, environmental protection, etc. IWE organizes writing and reading workshops and competitions for children and youth, about different topics: Protection and importance of environment, peace, tolerance, children’s rights, etc. Writings may take the form of books for children, short stories for children, dramas, and/or comic books. Our Objectives Socio-Economic Empowerment for fighting poverty Technical and Vocational Skills Training Protection of environment, Promote peace, culture & education by Reading & Writing Educate and empower Adult, Youth, children Education



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