This gift in action
Proper facilities, like desks and chairs, encourage teaching and learning for pupils and teachers, and boost school attendances. Oxfam Unwrapped bought desks and chairs for a training programme in Monrovia, in Liberia, West Africa, that teaches children typing, tailoring and needlework.
These skills mean young people can earn money to support themselves and their families, or pay for school fees to continue their education. Lucia Moore says “There are ten children in my family. My father cuts and sells palm nuts. My mother sells water and uses part of the profit to feed us. I decided to learn tailoring so I can employ myself and help my family, especially my mother, and other people.”
“The training taught me to sew clothes. I am able to make money, to help my mother, family and friends. In this way, I am helping the country because I am doing something to help myself and not depend on people for everything.”
“My parents are happy that I am learning this skill. I learned about the programme from my mother. My parents encouraged me to come. They always tell me I should never give up on learning because when I succeed I will help them and myself too.”
See how Oxfam Unwrapped desks are also making a difference in Ethiopia by clicking on the video link above.