Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for Life, Zambia

The tools for Life project gives 40 HIV positive people each year real hope for the future. They receive a six month training course to learn practical job skills in trades such as building, carpentry and tailoring. They learn the facts about the HIV/ AIDS virus and how to protect themselves and the people around them form its affects.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (280437)

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  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

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  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
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The tools for Life project gives 40 HIV positive people each year real hope for the future. They receive a six month training course to learn practical job skills in trades such as building, carpentry and tailoring. Students will also participate in an entrepreneurship training programme which will introduce business management techniques and promote the formation of enterprise groups. At the end of each programme the graduates will be formed into 4 multi trade groups which will be provided with a start up package including a kit of tools and capital to purchase materials needed. Being diagnosed with HIV/ AIDS is devastating to anyone anywhere in the world but in Zambia people are often confronted with fear and abandonment. Godfrey Chafwa is a Kara graduate whose life has been transformed by the training he received which has given him the confidence that he can be a valuable member of society despite his illness. There is an interview with him on the tools for self reliance website www.tfsr.org. He has gained access to essential drug therapy and now has a trade and is able to make a living for himself and his family. Godfrey also acts as a peer educator helping others living with HIV/ AIDS and offering them hope for the future. Kara Counselling has twenty years experience in providing a range of medical and counselling support services to people living with HIV/AIDs (PLWHA). In recent years it has extended its support to include vocational and life skills training at its Hope House Centre in Kabwe. Tools for Self Reliance has been working with Kara Counselling for three years. Kabwe has been particularly affected by the prevalence of HIV/AIDs which has negatively impacted on all aspects of social and economic growth. The introduction of free anti-retro viral drugs for PLWHAs has seen growing numbers of people living longer and thus looking to return to the work force. This has coincided with the collapse of mining, tobacco and railway industries in the area leading to few employment opportunities. Many of the employed lack skills which would enable them to enter into their own informal employment activities. PLWHAS are particularly affected as they face stigma, and the widespread misconception that they can no longer contribute to the community. This project is working to overcome stigma and allow the beneficiaries to show that they can be a valuable member of society.

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