Beneficiaries of the initiative in Rwanda, officials of Salesian Missions say, “are 17-25 years old, and some are single mothers looking to improve their lives for their children.”
“The rate of teenage pregnancies in the country has had exponential growth in recent years and is becoming a major obstacle to social and economic development among the poorest populations,” they report in reference to Rwanda.
To address the challenge, SDB members in Rwanda “have launched projects to help educate and promote family involvement while also providing skills training so that young mothers can find employment or start a small business, ensuring that they can live in a dignified manner with their children,” the May 15 report by Mission Newswire, the Salesian Missions official news service indicates.
Salesian Missions officials say that SDB members in Rwanda have partnered with the Salesian Mission Office in Turin, Italy to “purchase 40 sewing machines to train and empower young mothers so they can acquire the skills to start a small business.”
“Launching a modest tailoring or dressmaking shop or a simple sewing workshop can help provide an income for families,” Salesian Missions officials say in their report on the occasion of IDF.
IDF was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The annual event that is marked on May 15 reflects on the importance the international community attaches to families.
The event is organized by the International Federation for Family Development in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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