Educating and Capacitating Vulnerable Sectors of the Community
At the YWCA we believe that providing second chance opportunities to vulnerable pockets of society, including those released from custodial care, will help with citizen reform while providing increased opportunities for self-sufficiency. Skills training, economic empowerment and human rights awareness are critical elements in reform and growth of a society.
The longer term impacts will be:
(1 ) a reduction in the likelihood of beneficiaries turning to criminal activities for survival.
(2) an increase in the employability and self-reliance of beneficiaries, particularly women.
YWCA has been approached on various occasions to assist with teaching skills to women at Kolbe Foundation.
YWCA has in the past offered training and awareness sessions to women and men, girls and boys in custodial care and from vulnerable sectors of our communities. Realizing that there continues to be a need to assist the vulnerable, this project was focused on empowerment and access to economic opportunities for vulnerable pockets of the Belizean community. There is great value in providing skills training to the vulnerable sectors of a society and given the current socio-economic down turn and increase in criminal activities in Belize, the hope is that this project will be able to provide positive impact in the short term.
Combining human rights awareness, with skills training and access to outlets/clients/employers for sale of products, services and skills (at or through the YWCA) increases beneficiaries’ opportunities for personal success and reform. This project has offered certificates in Food & Beverage, Lifeguarding, Catering/Food Preparation and Sewing. Beneficiaries was also given human rights awareness sessions.
This is a highly impactful project that has targeted persons through education, knowledge sharing, handholding, and human rights awareness. It has tremendously influenced Belize’s micro and macro environments and stakeholders and promoted gender equality and human rights.
This project purpose is empower and give access to economic opportunities to vulnerable persons
males and females
in Belize’s society.
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