Empowering young women in Myanmar

Education for Life

The sisters in Myanmar are committed to work together to establish a society where women and girls enjoy their rights in the fullness of life through empowering girls, women and children who are dehumanized, abused and exploited.

A special focus of the Women Empowerment Program is on the training center in Mandalay. There the sisters educate girls from across the country and help them to find a job.

Find out more about the mission in Mandalay in the video!

 

Video

Click here - https://youtu.be/FN98HAWNlQI 

 

Participants from all over Myanmar

I am working closely with girls who are learning skills for their future in our training center. They came from different places all over Myanmar. Most of them are from the regions affected by the ongoing civil war and ethnic conflicts where thousands of women and children are helpless, voiceless and vulnerable. By running a vocational training center in Mandalay, Myanmar, we are helping and supporting those girls and young women to have a better future. I feel it is really important to realize the potential of women and their participation in the development of the country.

The Programs

The center started in 2016 with thirty girls from different parts of Myanmar. It takes one year to complete the program which offers courses on English and Computer, Sewing, Beautification, Accounting, Hotel management, Hospitality and Tourism. The trainees can freely choose the courses based on their own interest and educational background. Unfortunately, the trainees cannot choose some of the courses due to their level of education. As the country is in its transitional period, economic empowerment and creating job opportunities for the young women are really important for the development of the country. Therefore together with the trainees we are helping them to get a better job in order to help themselves and their families as well as for the good of the country.

The enrichment of different cultures 

On the other hand, the program provides life skills, psycho-social support, and awareness raising programs, relaxation activities, excursion and team building. As the trainees have come from different parts of the country, they have different cultures and practices which enrich each one of them.

Effective outcomes

The program is now in its fourth year and has empowered 187 girls and young women. Most of them are already working in different fields according to their learned skills. It is really supporting them to become an independent person both financially and socially. One of the great challenges for us is that the more the program is progressing and offering more courses, the more the facilities and services are required. We make sure that our services are more accessible for all the girls and women without leaving anyone behind. In turn, after learning the skills, they will generously share back to those who are less fortunate in their respective environment.

More photos

Click here - Empowering young women, in Mandalay, Myanmar

 

A hopeful story from another program

Click here - Good Shepherd Gender Based Shelter, in Yangon Myanmar

 

Submitted by Sr. Rosie Moe RGS