Captions: Elementary School Students from Tapila adorn the uniforms sewn by the life skills training participants.

In a display of community empowerment, the South Fly CMCA Trust regions recently celebrated the completion of their life skills training program, particularly in the art of sewing. The praise extends not only to the 80 participants but also to the significant impact they’ve made through their dedication to empower the youths and women in Life Skills Training.

According to Mrs. Anna Sumai Dudi, President of the Women and Children’s Association, the influence of these community empowerment program reaches beyond the immediate skills acquired; it establishes a foundation for sustainable development. This equips individuals and communities with the tools to improve their livelihood and shape their future. The celebration in South Fly CMCA Trust regions is not just a moment but a stepping stone toward a future where empowerment is an ongoing journey.

Lead facilitator Mrs. Helen Gire Dupnai Manager of the Kiunga TVET Center expressed excitement about the participants and the outfits they sewed. She remarked, “With needles in hand and determination in their hearts, they successfully completed Life Skills Training in sewing, contributing meaningfully to the community by creating elementary school uniforms for local children. These skillfully crafted uniforms not only evoke pride but also testify to the transformative power of skill development.”

Community Development Coordinator Mr. Polang Tommy specially acknowledged the support from the KTVETC team in the program. He said, “A special acknowledgment goes to Mrs. Dupnai and the dedicated trainers at Kiunga TVET Centre. Their commitment to being present in the community has been instrumental in fostering self-reliance and empowerment.” The sewing trainers, accompanied by sewing machine maintenance trainers, ensured participants learnt how to fix their machines and provided basic servicing guidance to avoid breakdowns.

Through imparting valuable skills, the trainers enhanced participants’ capabilities and directly impacted the lives of those in Severemabu, Tapila, Buria, and Samari communities.

In conjunction with the sewing training, the women community leaders of Suki Fly Gogo Women & Children Association engaged in Institutional Strengthening Training. This initiative reflects a holistic approach to community development, recognizing the pivotal role of women in leadership.

The Institutional Strengthening Training equips these women leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to address the unique challenges faced by their communities. Enhanced leadership skills position these women to guide their communities toward sustainable development.

The success of these programs is a testament to the collaborative efforts between participants, trainers, and community leaders. The synergy between the Kiunga TVET Centre and four local women and children’s associations exemplifies a community-driven approach to development.

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