Tigist sews traditional dresses at her sewing machine
provided by ChildFund.
A lack of
educational opportunities and unemployment are two of the leading causes of
generational poverty. Without the means to acquire new skills, many youths face
an uncertain future and may find it increasingly difficult to emerge from
poverty. Although direct financial intervention is part of ChildFund's work in
many of the world's poorest countries, we believe that other approaches have to
be taken to empower people. This is the case in Ethiopia, where youth
unemployment is one of the country's most urgent problems.
In Ethiopia, many youths — particularly
girls — lack the opportunities to learn skills that will lead to
employment. With few skills, these youths' chances of finding work is greatly
diminished, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. This is why ChildFund introduced
a gift in our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog that allows you to donate a
sewing machine and training to Ethiopian youths.
ChildFund has worked in Ethiopia since 1972, and during
our time in the country, we have identified sewing as one of the most productive
skills that Ethiopian girls can acquire. By learning to sew, young women can
remain in their communities instead of being forced to seek work in urban areas
where women are often exploited. In addition, learning to become seamstresses
further empowers these youths, as they can apply their newfound skills and
knowledge to start their own businesses. For just $275, you
can provide an Ethiopian girl with the equipment and training she needs to
embark on a fruitful career.
is just one area in which Ethiopian youths are working toward a brighter future.
In celebration of International Women's Day 2012, Mekdes, an 18-year-old
Ethiopian girl, received a scholarship through ChildFund and our Twitter
followers to pursue
a career as a hairdresser.
"In the future, I have a plan to get
further training in a boys' beauty salon, and I have a plan to open my own
beauty salon," Mekdes says.
These are just some of the ways that
ChildFund helps to empower youths around the world, but to continue these
projects, we need your help. Please consider making a donation through our Gifts
of Love & Hope catalog, or sponsor a child today. Your support will make a lasting
difference in the life of a child or youth.