Community center begins operations – basic literacy classes for women

News and pictures have just arrived about some exciting activity taking place at the multipurpose community center we are supporting for livelihood training and adult education.

Community members are clearing the land where the center’s demonstration gardens will be planted. The purpose of these gardens will be to grow crops as a food source for the training program’s participants and to sell surplus vegetables and grains in the market. The agriculture class will also learn about irrigation methods to support dry season gardening.

Thiou village project

Thiou village project

Our grant to the center has also enabled the community to hire a local teacher to lead basic literacy classes for adult women who have never had a chance to go to school. Functional literacy skills will supplement other training to enable partcipants to start and manage small enterprises, generating income to help sustain the center’s future operations and for modest personal earnings.

Thiou village project

Finishing touches are also preparing guest houses for visitors and staff who need overnight accommodations. The guest housing will be a comfortable place to stay and provide practical hospitality training for program participants. This small B&B will also generate income to support the center and pay the staff. Our visiting board members will be the first guests when we travel to the area in January.

Thiou village project

Thiou village project

Looking at these pictures brings us comfort and joy knowing our donors enable us to support community initiatives in this way – local citizens doing their own development work!