The members of SI Rio Negro, Brazil, provided housekeeping skills training to domestic violence survivors through their club project New Times. Such programmes are particularly important for domestic violence survivors as they allow participants to achieve economic freedom and independence.
The club purchased classroom supplies, cleaning equipment and supplies and cooking materials. Club members developed the curriculum and administered the training. They also organized a graduation ceremony for participants. Through this program, the club was able to improve the quality of life for these women by providing cooking and home management skills, as well as increase shelter residents’ knowledge of job market and hygiene skills.
Impact data demonstrated:
- 92% of participants completed the course with a 75% attendance rating.
- 80% of participants believed the course to be “good” or “excellent.”
- 40% of participants that attended the course have since attained gainful employment.
- 20% of participants are registered at the Workers Agency and are working toward employment.
- 20% of participants that were high school-age girls report using the skills that they have learned for their families.