KAMULI: TUESDAY, 01 MARCH 2022
A total of 26 teenage girls and out-of-school mothers have graduated at Namwendwa Development Institute after completing a tailoring course with a call to use the skills to develop them and support their children.
Irene Namugolo, the Director of the institute, said this brings to 29 young mothers who have gained the tailoring skills from the young institute.
“We got four sewing machines from International Development institute (IDI) Uganda as Church Women and because the community had many girls who had dropped out of school or got pregnant , we decided to counsel and give them tailoring skills,” Namugolo explained.
She added that some six of the graduates have gone back to school to complete their studies after the Covid-19 Lockdown.
“These young women only need serious counselling, direction and inspiration to get back to productive life,” she added.
Oliver Mugonzi one of the grandaunts and a mother of three says life had become unbearable as a single mother till she got introduced to the tailoring Institute.
There she not only found where she could be occupied doing work but also gained skills to support her children.
She revealed that when she started getting some money, especially from Obangaina market, she picked up and rehabilitated her life.
“I was almost thinking of suicide but now I have three goats, some savings in our group and can sort my problems including looking after my kids well. With lessons learnt about life we remain focused and extra careful,” she said.
James Eyatu, the Program Coordinator IDI Uganda in Kamuli Area, who officiated at the graduation ceremony encouraged young mothers and girls to get back to school, complete their studies and use the Tailoring skills appropriately.
Eyatu while giving tips on post Covid-19 pandemic changes warned that life is not always a bed of roses and the youth should not remain desperate and reckless but use the challenges faced to design their own solutions.
“You need to give yourselves second chances, pick up but above all live responsibly, remain focused and look out to further improvements,” Eyatu urged.
He called for embracing of practical hands-on training and innovative approaches that promote culture of work.
Eyatu explained IDI Uganda got some funds from a Korean sponsor and decided to buy four sewing machines for the group of women who were helping some of the teenage mothers.
Instead of using these donations as individuals they decided to form a skills class under a tree in one of the compounds to occupy the teenage mothers as they counsel them and it grew into a tailoring skills development institute.
“We are humbled that these women thought outside the box, pooled together and started a community skills initiative targeting teenage and single mothers and must be supported,” he commented.