There are estimated to be more than three million street children and youth in Africa (World Bank 2006), and as many as one million of which a greater proportion had dropped out of school and a significant number had never been to school (Consortium for Street Children (CSC), 2009). In Ghana, the prevalence of the phenomenon has increased from about 35,000 to 90,000 within the last 5 years in Accra alone (Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) 2014). This means limited opportunities for education and training, challenges regarding viable employment, health and social services.
Cadling Foundation seeks to give homeless people a career, pride and true independence. We believe it is critical to provide vulnerable women in Ghana with technical training in garment production. Technical training and economic independence are important steps towards the elimination of inequality against women.
Ghana’s garment production industry lack individuals skilled in large garment production. According to UNICEF, the garment manufacturing industry provides employment for more than 70 million workers worldwide. The majority of workers in factories are female. Due to the industry being characterized by workers' exploitation and mistreatment in some countries, the global industry is now turning its attention to the African continent due to competitive costs and favorable trade agreements.
However, to take advantage of such opportunities, we need to provide a ready workforce skilled in large manufacturing methods. This will enable factories to compete internationally and to create sustainable jobs while manufacturing ethically and commercially.
We solicit for the amount of $65,000 to train 100 participants from all over Ghana in Garment Production. The training will last for 24 months and trainees will be provided with accommodation, feeding, mentoring and career development training through the ICT center. The training will include skills in pattern making, product development, quality assurance, garment construction and digital embroidery and digital rhinestones. Cadling Foundation will bear the cost of equipment and maintenance of the training workshop.
After the training, these vulnerable youth will be economically independent. Your kind donation and/or collaboration would be mutually beneficial. You may also visit the Foundation website: www.cadling.org for more information.