Vision on Africa (VoA), a non-profit organization that serves the underprivileged held a graduation ceremony on Wednesday April 30th, 2014 at the NGO’s premises for its members that went through a life-skill training program.
The training program was sponsored by the French Embassy through a grant from the Counselor for Cooperation and Culture of French Government which was used to build an arts and crafts training room and expand life-skilled based training to further empower women and youth economically.
The Ambassador of France to Ethiopia Brigitte Collet was present at the graduation ceremony to hand over certificates to the graduates.
The graduates went through the Self-sustainable Development Program that provides capacity building and skill enhancement training to mothers and youths so they can learn to produce hand made products to generate income and sustain their livelihood.
The training takes four to five months and consists of designing patterns, color coordination, hand sewing, handcrafting, crotchet, hammock making, sisal work, pottery/clay works and pottery decoration.
So far, VoA has trained 1,745 mothers and youths. The NGO has hired 22 of its graduates as assistant trainers and referred seven more for higher design training at Wossi Garment Design and Ethio Knitting.
Vision on Africa serves the underprivileged in the Yeka sub-city, Kotebe area which comprises of 40,000 households in six kebeles and three Farmer Associations. It was registered in Ethiopia in April 2004 and signed a partite agreement with the Addis Ababa City Administration Social and Non Governmental Organization Affairs Office and the Health Bureau to deliver an integrated mother and child health center targeting 140,000 people in the Kotebe area.
Besides the Self-sustainable Development Program, the NGO also has a Mother and Child Health Center that provides different services such as immunization, family planning and counseling among others.