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Fifteen adolescent mothers benefit from a Skills - Training Sewing Workshop

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation | 2015-10-12 00:00:00

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) recently offered its support to the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) in staging a workshop to develop the creative potential of adolescent mothers, and to assist in providing opportunities for self-advancement.

The workshop took place on October 8, and was led by Mrs. Villia Walker, instructor and author of a sewing book; 20 copies of which were purchased by The SJF and given as a gift to the WCJF during Child Month in May.

Staff and students alike were equally enthusiastic about the one-day workshop which included pattern-making, garment construction, and interactive question and answer discussions. The fifteen adolescent mothers who benefited from the workshop expressed an incredible sense of excitement and accomplishment at being able to bring their ideas to fruition within the short time-frame. Mrs. Gay Williams, Acting Centre Manager, was extremely pleased with the outcome; the results of which were seen to contribute to improved self-esteem, confidence and motivation towards new goals and new horizons for the girls. Mrs. Walker, who generously facilitated the workshop at no cost, shared that it was “a wonderful experience for me and the girls. They all learned a life skill that not only allows them to meet their personal clothing needs, but also provides the opportunity for good earning potential”.

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, organizers of the workshop, also supplied the necessary materials and equipment for same. This non-profit organization, funded by Spanish investors in Jamaica, aims to contribute positively to the social and economic development of communities through education, sports, culture and health-based initiatives. The WCJF supports young Jamaican mothers under the age of 17 years, and aims to motivate them to choose continued education after the birth of their babies, and to delay a second pregnancy until their professional goals are achieved. The program raises the employment potential of young mothers through skills training and education, so that they have viable options towards a future of self-sufficiency. The WCJF also provides a sanctuary where teenagers can air their challenges in a non - judgmental environment of confidentiality.

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