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In November 2006 my husband Jeremy and I had the privilege of visiting E. Africa with WeSeeHope (formerly HopeHIV) to see at first hand, some remarkable work being done to support orphans and vulnerable young people. As a result, from the setting up of Curtains Made For You in 2009, we have supported Masaka School in Uganda, a school for orphans with hearing and speech impairments. In early 2013 we received the wonderful news that the pioneering work done by the School has been widely recognised and its future funding, consequently assured.

Also on that visit in 2006 we saw the work done by the Oasis Trust in Kampala with the Bambejja project and having consulted WeSeeHope, we are
delighted that from July 2013 we will be involved with, and supporting the Oasis Skills Training Project in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The ongoing economic crisis in Zimbabwe results in many orphaned children dropping out of school and turning to the streets to beg for money. Once on the streets, girls are especially vulnerable to prostitution. WeSeeHope is working with Oasis Zimbabwe to reach these extremely vulnerable girls through pioneering the Skills Training Project in the Epworth community in Harare.

The main aim is to equip older girls with job skills in tailoring and small business skills over a period of twelve months, providing them with a safe and legal way to earn a living. This includes:

  • Introductory courses for girls who have been assisted to move off the streets
  • Vocational and life skills training for girls aged 16-24 identified as being at high risk
  • Mentoring the girls to help them attain employment or start their own businesses
  • Provision of basic tailoring kits to enable the girls to start up home businesses

We are so pleased to be associated with this work, giving you, our customers, the opportunity to play a part in providing a future for young people who otherwise would be without hope.

Our involvement in Oasis Skills Training in Zimbabwe is made possible by the work of WeSeeHope, a UK based charity who support children and young people throughout sub-Saharan Africa affected by HIV/AIDS. Go to www.weseehope.org.uk for more inspiring stories!