Training centre for young domestic workers in Uvira (DRC)Map of projects
As part of promoting the fundamental rights of young domestic workers, Women and Children Protection (WCP) with the financial support of Soroptimist of Belgium, has launched since 2013 the project of training children and young domestic and vulnerable workers with fewer opportunities, not only to combat violence that they are facing but also to raise awareness and advocate with the political and administrative authorities on the recognition of full-blown domestic work which was considered to be an invisible work by virtue of its status.
This project contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all with the aim of improving conditions for good practice through the construction of a comfortable building that meets current standards of inclusive and sustainable growth.
Specific objectives of the project:
Build a reference centre for continuing and continuing education for children and young domestic workers and other vulnerable people with fewer opportunities;
Reinforce the centre’s equipment with furniture.
Reassured by the seriousness of the NGO, the Soroptimist clubs of Beersel, Tubize, Vierre-Lesse and Val Brabant-Waterloo decided to support the education and awareness programme for young domestic workers in Uvira (the vast majority of young and very young girls), to help them get out of this slavery, to improve their living conditions by allowing them to acquire in four years basic education: functional literacy, reading, writing, calculation, etc.
Thanks to the amount of € 7,250 collected by the Soroptimist clubs in June 2013, school materials (tables, chairs, blackboards, chalk, notebooks, pencils, etc.) have been purchased and the literacy training for 77 students started in July 2013 and ended in June 2014.
From 2013 until the end of 2018, 210 pupils received their basic school diploma, 197 a diploma in tailoring and 90 in culinary art.
Since January 1, 2020, the first level of the building of the centre is functional and all courses can be given there, even if they are still cramped: two classes, an office and toilets (important especially for girls). The money previously spent on rents can be reinvested for teachers’ salaries, and school and professional supplies.