Lydia Vocational Training

The Training Centre teaches women skills that will enable them to find employment and support themselves and their families.
The Problem

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 157th on the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Women and girls face significant discrimination in Nepal. It is very common for them to work harder than men and often in physically demanding jobs. Many girls are not allowed to attend school or finish their education. Child marriages are still widespread and the girls, often married to much older men, have no chance to create a future of their own. 

The Program

The Lydia Vocational Training Centre teaches literacy, sewing, cooking, and other practical skills so that women can better provide for themselves and their families. They also learn about health care, nutritious food, sanitation, and other important matters such as domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. Each graduate is trained to teach other women and commits to sharing her knowledge with at least five others in her community, multiplying the impact.

Sarashwoti was recently widowed and has a young child. She became a Christian after her husband passed away. Her Hindu neighbours criticized her and were not supportive or helpful to her. Life was very difficult for Sarashwoti but she never lost hope in God and prayed for those who mistreated her. Then God opened a door for her to attend at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre. Her dream is to open a small tailoring shop to support herself and her child and to teach some of the women in her village how to sew. She hopes to win her neighbours to Christ by showing them kindness and love and freely sharing with them the knowledge she received at the Centre. Sarashwoti is eagerly learning and doing very well in all her classes, looking forward to graduation day when she can return to her village and impact her community for Christ.

“I am so grateful to God for the opportunity He gave me to better myself and learn a trade. I have learned so much at the Lydia Vocational Training Centre. I have more confidence in my future as I will be able to support myself and my child. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I’ve received with the women in my community. Thank you so much for your support.” 

How Your Gift Helps!

Your support helps to equip women with the tools and skills they need to earn an income and gain status in their communities. Under the Women’s Empowerment Program, your gift will help 44 women each year go through the 5 months skills training and development program. Thanks to some generous donors who pay all our overhead, 100% of your gift will be sent to the Lydia Vocational Training Centre!

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230-1119 Fennell Ave E.,
Hamilton, On, Canada, L8T 1S2
Charity Number: #12994 3072 RR0001