The Big Heart – the global humanitarian organization concerned with helping refugees and the needy, has provided 252,500 dirhams (68,748 US dollars) to support the project to empower about 300 women professionally and economically in the city of Nanyuki in the Republic of Kenya in cooperation with the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women, whose contribution amounts to about 100 One thousand dirhams $27,174 of the total value of the project.
The Big Heart explained that the project, which was launched last October and is expected to be completed in December 2021, is a professional development program that aims to teach women in the city the skills of spinning, knitting, dyeing and weaving wool under the supervision of the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers Foundation for vocational training, where Nanyuki is the city. Sheep-raising is one of the most important wool producing regions in Kenya, and the women at Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers use local raw materials to make carpets, clothes and bedding.
The Foundation stated that the project includes the construction of a building for the workshop that will attract the women targeted by the project, provided that it covers all the expenses of materials needed for work and meals provided to women during the training period, in addition to financing the tuition fees for 12 orphan children of the targeted women.
Maryam Al Hammadi, Director of the Big Heart Foundation, said that the sustainable humanitarian projects implemented by the Foundation to build the capabilities and skills of individuals aim to create positive, sustainable change in low-income societies, which is what we seek through our project in the Kenyan city of Nanyuki by providing vocational training services for women to enable them to rely on Themselves and provide for their families.
Al-Hammadi emphasized that the cooperation with the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women in implementing this project reflects the humanitarian situation shared by the various institutions in the Emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates, noting that the project contributes to providing women in the city of Nanyuki with new skills that allow them to find suitable job opportunities to improve their level. By supporting the education of orphans, we seek to enhance the well-being of children and provide them with a better life in the future.
In turn, Reem bin Karam, Director of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women, said that the project to develop the professional skills of women in the Kenyan city of Nanyuki confirms the directions of the Nama Foundation for the advancement of women regarding empowering women to play their role in the development and advancement of their society, which is done through working on two axes, the first of which is to improve their skills and abilities and the second to prepare An environment that supports its goals and incubates its projects and activities in a way that facilitates its integration into the labor market and positively affects the improvement of the standard of living of its family and society.
She added that the cooperation of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women with the Big Heart Foundation embodies our mission of consolidating the principle of equal opportunities and activating the economic and social role of women through partnership in work and production on the one hand, drawing development policies and defining their directions on the other hand .. Valuing the role of the Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers Foundation In support and development of traditional craftsmanship skills for women and providing training programs for female members.
It is noteworthy that the “Nanyuki Spinners and Weavers” vocational training institution was established in 1977 and is concerned with training low-income women, widows and “single women” in the villages surrounding the city of Nanyuki and has worked so far to develop the skills of more than 282 women, enabling many of them to purchase land. Building homes on it and providing them with a decent livelihood, as well as helping them enroll their children in primary and secondary schools, where many of them continued their university studies.