Women's Empowerment Program, Entoto Mountain, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Tirzah's Partner BEZA Community Development Association
This program focuses on women living with HIV/AIDS on Entoto Mountain. This program provides business training so that the women can earn income for their families. Some of the women become employees of the Bethi Entoto jewelry companies. Others are trained to start their own businesses or helped to find other job opportunities. Areas of training include tailoring, dyeing, sewing, embroidery, leatherwork, and printing. Individual and group counseling is also provided to women living with HIV/AIDS.
Tirzah partners with Beza to provide school support for many children in this community, a number of whom are children of the women in this program. Children are supported with full educational materials (such as exercise books, pens, pencils) and tutoring support after school. Every Saturday, volunteers offer counseling, food, support, and tutoring.
Women and girls in the Entoto program have been exposed to various forms of gender-based violence and trafficking. Business training allows the women can earn income for their families in ways that are sustainable, healthy, and safe from trafficking and prostitution.
Many of the women and girls in the Entoto program have been exposed to various forms of gender-based violence. Beza Community Development Association (BCDA) training supports women and girls in the necessary skills to be free from violence by enhancing their decision making power through raising awareness, capacity building training and creating job opportunities.