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Canadian embassy provides 30 sewing machines for skills training of girls

Mar 9, 2016, 11:34 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Embassy of Canada in Dakar, Senegal, recently supported the Foundation for Rural Education, Wildlife and Environment with a grant of 8,065 Canadian dollars through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

The money is meant to purchase 30 sewing machines and 30 large basins for the skills training centre in Banjulunding.The equipment are meant to be used to empower at least 30 girls to acquire skills in batik production as well as sewing of the finished products.

The project was meant for the economic empowerment of beneficiary girls by the Canadian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

William Adetona, executive director of the organisation, expressed gratitude to the Canadian embassy saying with the availability of the equipment, the skills training will be an ongoing activity at the centre so that more girls will benefit even long after the terminal date of the project.

Fatou Phillott, project manager, said they are thankful for the opportunity given to the organisation by the embassy.

She promised that the materials will always be put to good use in actualising the organisation’s objective of alleviating poverty through economic empowerment.