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Empowering young San women through collaboration

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14 Dec 2023

Debmarine Namibia and the Ongula Homestead Skills and Technical Education Academy joined forces to provide training for 10 young San women from Kavango East and West, as well as Otjozondjupa Regions. These dedicated individuals, who are out-of-school youth, were carefully chosen through their regional officers to undergo training in clothing production. Debmarine Namibia supported the pilot project with an investment of N$200,000.


The project was launched in April 2023 targets out-of-school youth and the ten young women were diligently trained over three months emerging as successful graduates. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Emma Theofelus, graced the graduation ceremony held in Okongo, Ohangwena Region. The Deputy Minister, an advocate for free sanitary pads in Namibia, expressed her thoughts on the significance of this training in dignifying those who lack options. While initially hesitant about washable sanitary pads, she acknowledged the vital role they play in addressing period poverty, a reality faced by many girls who lack access to basic menstrual products. She added that that the government's decision to eliminate taxes on sanitary pads also marks a step forward in ensuring affordability and accessibility for all women and girls.


The Deputy Minister lauded Debmarine Namibia and the Ongula Homestead Skills and Technical Education Academy for their collaborative efforts in implementing this transformative pilot project. The project not only equipped the young graduates with valuable skills and knowledge but also aimed to eradicate period poverty in Namibia. The graduates are now prepared not only to contribute to their own well-being but also to serve their communities as they return home, armed with essential skills in sewing, basic computer literacy, and entrepreneurship.


The beneficiaries accomplished the project's goals, creating 529 sanitary pads, 10 school uniforms for girls, and 20 pieces for boys. As part of their training, the young women designed their own graduation dresses, highlighting their progress and mastery of the skills taught. Additionally, they each received sewing machines and materials to create 20 sanitary dignity kits and 5 shopping bags, further empowering them to make a positive impact.


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