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Karamoja Region Skills Development Project

Skilling Karamoja
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SISTER MARY CROSSED THE BORDER TO SKILL VULNERABLE KARAMAJONGS.

SISTER MARY CROSSED THE BORDER TO SKILL VULNERABLE KARAMAJONGS.

She accepted to travel a long journey across the border to serve a vulnerable community that was construed to be hostile. Sister Mary, like she is popularly known is a mother to many motherless Karamojong children, majority of whom are either infected or affected by the HIV Scourge. She sits in the yellow container every day, patiently teaching young girls and boys, how to make beads and other handcrafts    for sale.  “Ihave trained over 200 clients, some have been able to live positively for 18 years and I’m proud to say they can now use handcrafts to earn a living” she says.  The programme code named Choose Life Home based care was introduced to support infected and affected HIV/AIDS. Mary conducts a holiday programme with orphaned children that participate in games and positive story telling. When games are over she then conducts counselling sessions on HIV/AIDS and home-based care.The sister also receives some support from Enabel through the skills support programme at St. Daniels Comboni. The institution has offered space to the “choose life programme”. This is part of the cross cutting services that are offered to the Karamoja community to enable vulnerable Karamajongs gain skills for development. The presenting challenges on the programme include the gap in feeding and limited market for the product that they make. They mainly rely on sales from the Karamoja Tourism market which is seasonal.In future sister Mary plans to introduced a numeracy, language and business skills training component to empower craft trainees gain skills in marketing and business management 

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