Today was a great day. We went to the women’s centre and our children are now home educated so they were able to join us and play with the toddler and two babies there. We went to discuss plans for the year and offer IT training to the residents to supplement their teen challenge recovery program.
What the manager said was very revealing. ‘This is what they need because skills are something that no one can take away from them.’ Then she elaborated on what the training would mean for the girls. Unfortunately in the context from where they have come, many of them feel forced to stay in abusive relationships in order to live, because they had become dependent on that violent partner.
The manager went in to explain that helping the girls to become much more employable through computer literacy could be the difference between the women feeling they must return to an abusive man after completing the program, and realising they could make their own living and going and living an independent life free from harm. We knew that the girls had come from this sort of situation but hadn’t realised the reality of how trapped women can become. So much so that they feel forced to stay with a person who causes them physical and mental harm in order to have basic food and shelter.
So where do you come in? We are now campaigning to obtain laptops as fast as possible in order to deliver the training! At present there are nine women at the centre. If you are able to donate any amount, no matter how small, please take part in our fundraising campaign by donating here and if this is not possible, contact us about alternative ways to give.
Please be aware that the computers will not only be used at Elusitweni but as a wider mobile IT training resource around Eswatini (Swaziland) so they will be of benefit to many more people in upcoming projects and we are available to answer any questions on this at all times.
There are other ways to help so get in touch for details, for example if you can get lap tops in good condition to a team member travelling to Eswatini on mission they may be able to fly them here.
It could save a woman’s life! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to leave your comments under ‘reply’. We love to hear from you!