Changing women’s lives in Chad
By Antoine Adoum Goulgué, SECADEV for Caritas
Fatimé Abdélat, a beneficiary of Al-Nadjah Centre is proud of having been made able to knit
The Al-Nadjah centre is a handsome building in the Chadian town of Adré, about 5 km from the border with Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
With finanancial and technical support from Caritas, the centre provides training for local women, a nursery school, and a playground.
The 235 beneficiaries in Al-Nadjah Centre are women, with a special focus on unmarried mothers and girls withdrawn from school.
Young mothers are often abandoned by their families and by the father if their child is born outside of marriage. Caritas provides them with support through the centre.
Traditional beliefs force girls to abandon schooling as soon as they reach age of puberty (from 10 to 12 years old). Lacking opportunities provided by schooling, these girls go to the centre in order to learn knitting and food production.
But the centre also helps any woman who faces the challenges of providing for her family as the main breadwinner in a region wracked by conflict and poverty.
Another centre is being built in Guéréda in eastern Chad by SECADEV with the support of Caritas.
Antoine Adoum Goulgué is a Communication officer with SECADEV, Abéché.
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