Ghanaian Peacekeepers Offer Tailoring Skills to Female Locals at Leer

The Ghana Battalion serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNIMISS GHANBATT (8), as part of it’s Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities, have organized a six months tailoring session for 20 female locals residing at the Temporal Protection Area (TPA), Leer, South Sudan.

The initiative was organised in close collaboration with Hope Restoration South Sudan (HRSS) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The tailoring session was aimed at empowering and improving the living standards of the locals in producing beautiful artifacts and generating income for their sustenance.

Head of HRSS, Madam Catherine Isoyi stated that she was highly impressed and proud of the women who availed themselves to be taken through the session. She urged the participants not to rest on their oars but continue to work harder to achieve results in their future endeavours. Madam Isoyi expressed gratitude to Ghanbatt for their immense support and dedication exhibited in ensuring the success of the nurturing of these women.

"We are preparing to enroll the next batch of females to acquire the requisite skills in tailoring. It is my fervent hope that Ghanbatt and other NGO's will continue to render their support to help improve the socioeconomic lifestyle of these women. We strongly advocate for more support to provide sewing machines for the participants to serve as a start-up package she stressed.

 A Ghanbatt instructor who was part of the tailoring session, Cpl Asmah Theophilus Peter, mentioned that throughout the period, the women were taught Basics of Sewing, Orientation to the Sewing Machine, Bead-making,  Crocheting and how to make assorted clothing (dresses, skirts, shirt and nose masks).

Nyakueh Wai Yang, Elizabeth Nyayiel, Sarah Nyalel and Mary Nyakuoth, who were part of the session expressed their heartfelt appreciation to Ghanbatt and other stakeholders for rolling out this laudable initiative. They disclosed how educative and transformational the training programme had impacted their lives and were hopeful the next batch of women would perform well.