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NGO Establishes Centre for Women in Bolgatanga

2006-09-18 21:32:03
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Women's Awareness Centre (WAC) a non-governmental organization, has inaugurated a training facility for women school dropouts in Bolgatanga.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Mary Bozumbil, Project Director, said the main objective of WAC was to equip unemployed women school leavers and drop outs in the Upper East Region with employable skills to prevent them from entering the sex trade.

The broad goals of the project are to improve the quality of life of girls who drop out from school due to poverty or any other socio-economic difficulty, and improve their access to means of livelihood," she explained.

The Project Director said WAC would carry out its interventions through seminars, skills training in batik tie and dye, hair-braiding, dress-making, sensitization especially on STIs and HVI/AIDS, and evening remedial classes.

Mrs Bozumbil who hails from Pwalugu near Bolgatanga, indicated that having lived in the United Kingdom with her husband for 20 years, she decided to "come back home and share what I have acquired with my less fortunate sisters."

The first batch of 140 girls has already begun various training programmes, which would last between six and 18 months.


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