Girls with Disabilities Gain More Than Skills

 

Some of the merchandise made by Girls with Disabilities in Kasese District

Mockery and teasing over her lack of growth yet her siblings in lower classes were bigger and taller are some of the reasons that forced Sidora to drop out of school as early as Primary 4. She chose to stay at home and do house chores until she was invited to participate in the apprenticeship program designed to equip girls with disabilities practical skills in tailoring and hairdressing by Kasese District Women with Disabilities Association. With overflowing confidence in self and skills in hairdressing, Sidora hopes to start up her own salon as her client base has widened and faces no discrimination.

Jackline (not real name), a survivor of Gender Based Violence also took part and gained skills in tailoring. A school dropout and teen mother at 17 years, Jackline shared that she made a sell of 60,000/= last Christmas and was glad for the training as it has made it possible for her to be financially independent.

Jackline (not real name) at her sewing machine

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