Training classes are reopening!
Earlier this year, we suspended in-person trainings in all the countries where we work, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As local restrictions lift, we are delighted to welcome our sisters back to the classroom in most locations.
Thanks to the generous support that we have received during this difficult time, we have been able to adapt and innovate to address the global health crisis. Our classrooms may now look slightly different – with social distancing, face masks, and handwashing stations in place to protect our programme participants and trainers – but the supportive group atmosphere is just the same, and it is proving more important than ever.
By signing up to sponsor a sister today, you are helping to ensure that we are able to continue our essential programme and enrol even more women into our year-long training. We look forward to being able to introduce you to your new sister as soon as possible. In normal circumstance it takes 4-6 weeks to match you with your sister, but the matching process may take slightly longer as a result of the changing health situation and local restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 . Thank you for your patience.
To learn more about the impact on our programmes to date, you can view our COVID-19 response statement which is being updated regularly with information from the field. If you have any questions about the status of our programme, you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How you’ll transform a life
WHAT YOUR SISTER WILL LEARN
EARN AND SAVE MONEY
Your sister will learn a vocational skill that’s proven to earn an income in her local market, such as tailoring, brickmaking or agriculture. She will also learn business skills like book-keeping and budgeting, to help her use this vocational skill to earn money to support her family.
In 2018, participants increased their average daily income from $0.81 at enrolment to $2.12 at graduation
Women have fundamental rights: to vote, to own land, to divorce, and to inherit property. Your sister will gain knowledge of her rights, as well as learning about gender equality and laws that protect her from violence and discrimination.
In 2018, women’s knowledge of their rights increased from 62% at enrolment to 77% at graduation.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Women cannot be active members of their communities if they are not physically and mentally well. Your sister will learn about topics including hygiene and disease prevention, family planning, coping with stress and the importance of nutrition for herself and her family.
Last year on average, women’s involvement in decisions about whether to have another child increased from 47% at enrolment to 84% at graduation.
War and conflict leave women deeply isolated, feeling unsafe to leave their homes and without a safe place to meet other women who have experienced the horrors of war. Your sister will join a class of 24 other women like her. She will make friends, regain her confidence and build a support system.
Over the course of the year, your sister will also receive support from a friend that she has never met – you!
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What our sponsors say
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"Building a personal connection with my sponsor sister, Amela, became a source of strength for me." Our Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt shares the story of meeting her first sponsor sister and the very real impact of our programme.
600 of our programme participants in the DRC have graduated from our 12-month social and economic empowerment programme. It was a chance for our programme graduates to reflect on their journey and share their achievements with their classmates, families and wider communities.
After graduating from our 12 month programme in the Democractic Republic of Congo, Cinama went on to start her own brickmaking business. She now shares her knowledge with other women and is looked up to as a role model.