The Women’s Empowerment Center opens up on the main road to the lodges. It gives the village women a place to learn, while their children are in school, to use foot powered equipment to make clothes and crafts for the village’s use and to sell to the tourists. It is also a place for the women to learn treading, writing, arithmetic and receive medical care..
The Women’s Empowerment Center is hosted in the second building constructed through the generous gifts of over 200 donors. The building is named in honor of Nancy Wright, a long-time supporter of the school. Nancy passed away shortly after attending the dedication of the first building on September 8, 2019. The people of Mubaku village requested that the new building be named in her honor. Read more about Nancy’s contribution in our November 2019 Mubaku Educational Foundation Newsletter #2.
The Women’s Empowerment Center is having a positive impact.
In February, MEF gave the village the funds they needed to hire a teacher to teach some village women how to use the foot-powered sewing machines and other equipment. The results have been amazing. The village wants to expand the training, purchase some material to be used in the training, and add five more sewing machines. The total cost will be $1,500.
A disabled woman who lives in the village, Fachan Doreen, was trained and is now in charge of the project. Fachan Doreen is the mother of two girls. Fachan Doreen is training five other women from the village in the use of all the equipment.
Doreen Fachan is now training more people including the young girls who had not been attending school during the lockdown.
Doreen and other women were able to get a contract from the Safari lodges for making tablecloths and Kitenges fabric. Kitenges are colorful pieces of fabric that contain a variety of patterns and designs. Kitenges are often worn by women. They are wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling.
Women’s Empowering Center had become now a meeting place for big events such as immunization, local council meetings, etc.