Saturday, December 17, 2011

Skills Development for Women Inmates

While the women in Bugembe Prison are allowed to join the men for worship, they’re generally separated from the men…which makes sense. But this separation means that these women do not have access to the skills development training programs the men have. They do, however, have one of the traditional skills handed down from their mothers – mat weaving. They can probably make paper beads and baskets too. Of course this work requires supplies and the competition is enormous for these items.

The trick with the women, particularly because the population is so small, is to find one of the women with a skilled trade to teach the others. Women here are less likely to have that kind of skill, but we do want to find a way to provide for their success and positive contribution to their communities too. Until then, we’d like to provide the supplies need to continue in their traditional crafts. Would you like to help?