Vocational Training and Leadership Program for Young Women
For the past eight years, People In Need has operated and financed a 12-month vocational training program for young village women from across Myanmar. The Good Shepherd Sisters in Yangon manage the program. In September 2013, our eighth class -19 girls from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds – began professional training for employment as courses of nurse aides and pharmacology assistants, nursery school teachers, or dressmakers and seamstresses. All students also take classes in English, computer skills, ethics and leadership.
PIN rented a two-story house in the compound of the Good Shepherd Sisters’ Convent where the girls live in safety. They are responsible for all aspects of their daily lives, including shopping, cooking, laundry and cleaning. During the day they attend the professional training courses, while in the evenings and on weekends the Sisters provide additional lessons on ethics, diseases, human trafficking, nutrition, and leadership skills. In their free time and during holidays the girls join with the sisters in outreach programs to help poor, sick and marginalized people in hospitals and townships around Yangon. After graduation from the yearlong program, the girls return to their home villages and towns, ready to minister to their communities or engage in social work for NGOs.
The leadership program’s seventh class graduated in August 2013. After the commencement ceremony, the girls returned to their home-towns across Myanmar. The 19 girls from the Class of 2014 hail from the States of Kachin, Kayah, Shan, and Rakhine, as well as the Divisions of Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyarwady, and Yangon.