Designing Futures in Azua, DR

19244290_10212900760175930_928628011_n.jpg Designing Futures in Azua (DFiA) is the second phase of our social change project, Sewing Futures in Azua, in partnership with Fundación Casa Ana in the Dominican Republic. DFiA has a start date of July 2017 and will provide sewing training to increase the livelihood and life skills of youth ages 7 to 15.

About Casa Ana

Casa Ana is a family care center and NGO in Azua, Dominican Republic, and a safe haven where family values and individual empowerment help nurture responsible and productive citizens for a better society. The children are exposed to the benefits of educational progress and social responsibility. Casa Ana strives to instill in the children hope for a brighter future.

About the Community

Among the issues facing the Dominican Republic today, the lack of opportunities for young people and women are prevalent, severely limiting their possibilities for advancement. Approximately 36% of pupils do not complete the basic education cycle. Most of these children are from the poorest sectors and inevitably drop out of school in order to work and provide a source of income for the home. As of 2010, the unemployment rate for males was 39% contrasting greatly to the staggering 67% unemployment rate for women – indicating either a lack of employable skills or opportunity, or both.

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Why sewing? In an effort to address some of the impacts of poverty, TWWI has partnered with Fundación Casa Ana in Azua, DR to facilitate Designing Futures in Azua. DFiA is a sewing workshop initiative geared towards the children who attend Casa Ana. Empowering these children with tools, such as technical skills training, will increase their agency and improve their ability to generate income once having completed school. Ultimately, this provides an opportunity for children in Azua to express themselves artistically, and to discover their gifts.

How can I help?

Donate funds

We are accepting monetary donations, which will be used to provide technical training and cover any supplies-related costs. Purchasing of any materials will take place locally in order to support the local economy.

Questions? For information, please contact SCP Director, Kimberly Andino, at kimberly@womenworldwideinitiative.org.

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