Over sixty women, both young and middle-aged have been empowered with various skills in artistry in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality in the Eastern region. The women were on Friday awarded certificates in their various fields of expertise at a graduation ceremony of participants in training and skills development programme at the forecourt of the Lower Manya Krobo municipal assembly.
The training which spanned a period of three weeks, saw the women received training in batik tie and dye making, bead work as well as soap making.
Role of Fifth Delight and Rebecca Foundation
Fifth Delight Foundation, a local NGO with the focus and goal of removing women and youth from the streets in collaboration with the Rebecca Foundation (Ghana’s First Lady) brought together a number of women in the Lower Manya and surrounding districts in the skills training and development programme.
Mrs. Joana Henrietta Ortsin – Executive Director of Fifth Delight Foundation explained to Rite news that the drive of her outfit to eliminate the nagging issue of streetism in Kroboland was encouraged by Ghana’s First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo.
According to her, Mrs. Akuffo Addo’s commitment coupled with the desire of the NGO to make sure that young men and women are gainfully employed encouraged the Foundation to embark on this exercise, an exercise which beneficiaries included girls of all political persuasions.
“We want the women to get work to do through this training. Those we’ve trained are not NPP alone but include girls from the NDC and other political affiliations,” Mrs. Otsin told Rite news.
Fifth Delight, according to the Executive Director also engaged in similar exercises across the country where many young women benefited from snail rearing, preparation of soya milk, soap making and crafts such as beadwork, batik tie and dye and many more.
According to her, even though the Foundation bore part of the cost of these projects, their activities were largely sponsored by charitable companies, organizations and good Samaritans (philanthropists) in a venture that is capital-intensive.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports who sat in as Special Guest of Honour, while urging Fifth Delight to replicate the gesture in other parts of the country, said government was committed to the cause of women and girls. Mr. Pious Hadzidi took the opportunity to challenge the graduates to aspire high to succeed with their newly acquired skills. He admonished the beneficiaries that business won’t work if they don’t attach the necessary seriousness and commitment to it.
Deputy ER minister promises MASLOC loan support
Deputy Eastern Regional Minister who doubles as Member of Parliament for Upper Manya Krobo, honourable Joseph Tetteh promised to provide the women with fast, easy and accessible microcredit and small loans through government’s Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) loans scheme to serve as start-ups and subsequent expansion for their businesses.
Role of MCE for Lower Manya Krobo
Municipal Chief Executive of Lower Manya Krobo, honourable Simon Tetteh Kweku whose office hosted and supported the entire project expressed gratitude to Fifth Delight and the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo for their show of support for Krobo women. He charged the women not to abuse the privilege shown them by the two groups and said the assembly was ready to show further support to the women and others challenged by unemployment in the municipality.
An exhibition to display and demonstrate the products of the graduates also took place. Beautiful and superb craftworks such as beads, caps, clothing, soap, etc. of the beneficiaries were showcased with guests buying some of the items.