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Please help us reach our goal of $9,000 today to provide job skills to rural women in Ghana!

This year your donation on #GivingTuesday will support VARAS (Volunteers for Amelioration of Rural Areas) in Eastern Ghana. They started a skills training workshop for rural women, focusing on widows and older girls who are beyond school age. By spending nine months learning sewing skills, basic business skills, and improving their English language skills, these women, who previously had very little hope for employment and self-sufficiency, will graduate with the knowledge and tools to earn their own income and be able to take care of themselves and their families. Each Apprentice is given a small stipend during the training period and rewarded with her own sewing machine upon graduation. The women who go through this program say they feel empowered for the first time in their lives. We would love to give another group of women that same feeling of pride and hope.

The $9,000 we hope to raise for VARAS will be used to train eight Apprentices for nine months who will graduate with sewing and business skills.  The total cost includes a sewing machine for each Apprentice, fabrics, thread, needles, zippers, transportation, and utility costs for the duration of the program. In addition, it pays the stipends for three trainers who teach sewing, business, and language skills. A gift in amount would be greatly appreciated.

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VARAS was started by a young school teacher named Sylvester Atitsogbe who grew up in difficult circumstances in eastern Ghana. He learned at a young age that his uneducated mother could not leave her abusive husband because she had no way to provide for her family. Sylvester founded VARAS to help rural women like his mother. In 2021, TFI supported his efforts to start a pilot sewing workshop and production factory. The first group of eight Apprentices graduated at the end of the year, and another group will soon join them. The funding you provide will allow still another group of Apprentices to begin training in the new year, and, for the first time, become self-sufficient.

Thank you for caring about these women and helping to improve their futures!

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