WHAT WE DO
Refugees arrive in their environment very optimistic about endless possibilities in their new home. Many receive social services for only 3 months, after which, they are on their own. Hence, the relevance of grassroot organizations like Amani Women Center that plays a major role in helping refugees survive and thrive.
• Life Skills:
We are “Stitching Lives Together” through our wrap around services – workforce development, D.V. Services, financial literacy, health, nutrition, hygiene workshops, navigation of social services, civic engagement, youth programming, multi-media, creative arts training and workshops. etc. We believe in a holistic approach to ensure that refugee women and youth have improved well-being in order to be able to be productive members of their families and community.
• Workforce Development and Job Placement:
A 12-month program (beginners, intermediary and advanced) provides a safe space with sewing machines, industrial machines, instructors, counselors and a fabric room. Students also get a sewing kit and all accessories – threads, needles, rulers. The program prepares individuals to start their own sole proprietorship business, join the workforce — garment/apparel industry, work for local designers, do contractual piece work, Join our social enterprise (Johari Africa) team of sewers where Johari sells the items they make at market place, and sew clothes for themselves and their family. ASA graduates are gifted with a brand new sewing machine upon completion of the program. This creates a path for refugee women to self-sufficiency. Amani Women Center (AWC) has formulated partnerships with businesses in the garment industry to provide employment for refugee women upon graduation from Amani Sewing Academy (ASA). We are intentional in sourcing businesses that pay livable wages for the refugee women. Our team is equipped in assisting with job applications. We have also partnered with other organizations that help with resume building.
• Financial Literacy:
AWC has identified financial issues as a major trigger for DV in the African refugee community. Financial empowerment is both a preventive tool and empowerment tool for refugee women who come through our program. Empowering a woman financially gives a woman a voice in her home as well as gives her the confidence to participate in making decsions for herself and for her family. DV vicitims who are financially empowered are able to make decisions from a postion of power versus from a position of vulnerability. ASA provides financial literacy for refugee women in languages that they can understand.
AWC works with various partners and individuals to build sustainable, healthy
and productive communities. Empowering people out of poverty and delivering change through the Sewing Program and assisted services like health, financial literacy, and employment. AWC aims at bringing dignity to the women and not destitution.