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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

GIZ Launches Vocational Training Courses for 60 Women in Abouda Refugee Camp, Kassala

(Yosra Akasha) In Abouda refugee camp, 60 women are taking a big step into a promising future. In courses on food processing, cosmetics and hand crafts, the women gain market-oriented skills that enable them to shape their own futures and improve their living conditions.
The training is organized by the project “Vocational training and food security for refugees and host communities in Eastern Sudan (VTFS)”, which is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The project supports the creation jobs and career prospects by promoting demand-driven vocational training and business development services.
Women have vast but so far largely untapped potential to contribute to the local economy. The project targets vulnerable and refugee women specifically, and provides them with the skills they need to unleash their potential. 120 women from the host community have received vocational training courses since the start of the project in October 2017. Many of them were able to find employment or start their own business after the training.
GIZ works in close cooperation with other organizations and institutions on the ground. The Commission of Refugees (COR) is its most important partner in providing services to refugees in the camps. COR and UNHCR have been instrumental in facilitating the courses in Abouda refugee camp. The Sudanese Red Crescent and the Women's Union in Gedaref State are important partners of GIZ in promoting women.
The VTFS project empowers women in eastern Sudan by providing them with the skills to find decent employment or start their own business. By becoming economically active, these women can also change the societal perceptions on women and girls’ education and work