We work with vulnerable African communities to promote and support livelihood routes out of poverty. We principally help those who are most vulnerable or hardest to reach in society: the disabled, people living HIV/AIDS, commercial sex workers, youths and women. We do this by:
- Providing training, information and advice to build skills, improve livelihoods and empower poor people
- Raising awareness of the development issues facing marginalised African communities
- Working with community based organisations to improve their ability to run their own projects
We are working in partnership with Self Help Initiative for Sustainable Development (SHIFSD) in Liberia. SHIFSD was founded by Liberian refugees who were living in Ghana. When they returned to Liberia they wanted the nation’s young people to be able to benefit from the new opportunities that came with the rebuilding of their country. SHIFSD established The Bridge which is an enterprise and training institute in Johnsonville in Monrovia.
We are partnering SHIFSD to enable more young people to access vocational training and education and have a brighter future.
We send consignments of tools including sewing machines, fabric, carpentry kits, angle grinders, computers and printers for The Bridge since these items are expensive and of poor quality in Liberia.
Our Vocational Skills for Vulnerable Youth Project will improve livelihoods for the most vulnerable who lack formal education.
The project will see more youth in employment, education and training in support of the UN Social Development Goals, particularly Goals 1 (no poverty), 4 (quality education) and 5 (gender equality).
Our flagship project was in Ghana where we delivered the Agbogbloshie Development Project with local partner Self-Help Initiative Support Services (SISS). This was a slum improvement programme working with unemployed and homeless people in Agbogbloshie slum, Accra.
The project focused on hard-to-reach groups trapped in a cycle of poverty, like women who are working as porters, young people living on the streets, and commercial sex workers who face exploitation on a daily basis, by helping them gain new skills and jobs in the workplace.
We assisted over 2,000 vulnerable people out of poverty. In some cases trainees have gone on to higher education.
Our other projects are:
- In South Africa, we worked with Agape Skills Development, a Durban based cooperative of craft-workers, to help build their membership and ability to earn incomes.
- The Training and Resourcing Project - a skills development and income generating program for domestic assistants and young homeless women in Accra, Ghana.
- Using computers supplied by ComputerAid International, we set up computer training centres for Dodowa Civic Association, Christians in Development (CID) and Sidik Buare Islamic school - all in Ghana in order to combat poverty.
- We produced Modern African Generation, an African development oriented magazine for young people in the UK and elsewhere.