The vocational training program addresses an outcome of the global pandemic; a sudden increase of young mothers in their teens (13-19 years).
After becoming pregnant, Namuddu Suzan was forced to drop out of school. Her parents were no longer willing to pay for her education and told her she should get a job or get married. With no qualifications, marketable skills, or support from the father of her child, Suzan felt doomed, having no idea how she would provide for herself or her baby. “In 2022, Iowa State University - Uganda Program introduced several skilling projects to help people like me to acquire life skills. Young mothers like me were encouraged to join culinary arts, hairdressing, and tailoring projects based on our interests and potential employment opportunities in our communities”.
Suzan attended training for six months. “I am happy that I have acquired hairdressing skills and graduated.” After graduating from the program, Suzan got a job in a local salon. “From the income I earn, I can now take care of my baby and have access to basic personal needs. I am also saving money to start my own salon”.
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