Central Asia (BGR) — Widows in a Central Asian country will soon have a new source of income, thanks to a Baptist Global Response project. Many men have died during 30 years of civil war in the region, resulting in a large number of widows (usually with children).
These women have struggled under very difficult circumstances, and for many years, local rulers wouldn’t allow them to work outside their homes to provide support for their families. They lived at the bottom of the socio-economic scale–without job skills or work.
Through this project, BGR partners want to help 100 widows gain practical skills in sewing that will enable them to find means of feeding and providing shelter for their families.
“The goal of this job skills training program is to allow these trainees to be able to provide for themselves and their families in the future, so that they will not be dependent on outside aid for survival,” a BGR partner says.
Using eight sewing and literacy instructors, as well as a master teacher, partners will set up a training program to teach widows to sew. The trainees will receive instruction for six months, and upon successful completion of their training course, they will also receive a sewing machine and several literacy books to help them get started with their own work or business. BGR partners will also give them a monthly food supplement to assist their families during the training period.
Pray that God will give partners wisdom for the selection of the local sewing and literacy teachers, as well as selection of widow trainees. Ask also for the Lord to grant safety and protection to all those involved in the training.