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Amejibu took her skills from Panzi back to her village

Amejibu took her skills from Panzi back to her village
- If you’re going to suceed you can’t work alone, you need to work together with other people around you, says Amejibu from Uvira in South Kivu.
Back in her home village she has gathered around 50 women and is teaching them the handicraft skills she learned in the SSV-project at Panzi Hospital.
Amejibu was treated in the SSV-project ( Survivors of Sexual Violence and women in need of specialized gynecological treatment). Within the project the patients get socio-economic training like sewing and basket plaiting in order to be able to strengthen their own financial situation when they get back to their communities.
Amejibu managed to sell some of her products before she left Panzi Hospital and bought materials to get started back home. There was a big interest from neighboring women to learn the skills so they formed an organization where they are working together for development.
- What I learned at Panzi Hospital is enough to prepare for the future and to be able to work for your family. We can produce things that make money to help us with for example our rents and school fees. If you are strong and continue to work then you can make it, says Amejibu.
Recently Amejibu and the other women in the organization received more materials through a donation from PMU, the Swedish NGO which implements the SSV-project at Panzi Hospital.
- My husband is a tailor and I usually sell beans, but with my new skills I can expand what I do and can work to decrease poverty. I hope to be able to get a proper house in the future.
The work at Panzi Hospital through the SSV-project is in line with the Millennium Goals concerning women’s access to reproductive health care, but also that more women will have wage jobs out of the farm sector.
Esther Munyerenkana, psychosocial assistant in the SSV-project, says that the objective with the socio-economic part of the project is to help women to earn an income that does not force them to heavy work in the fields. But it also reinforces psychologically the woman who feels she is able to produce something valuable.
- And it helps to dispel thoughts. The bad things they experienced, or their fear for the future, will not disappear completely, but it does not occupy their whole mind when they have something else to focus on.
- We in the staff go into the villages and do follow-ups of some of the patients who have been here and it strengthens us to see that they feel better now. They also inform their neighbors back home about Panzi and what kind of care we can provide, so they can come here and be helped if they need.

- If you’re going to suceed you can’t work alone, you need to work together with other people around you, says Amejibu from Uvira in South Kivu.Back in her home village she has gathered around 50 women and is teaching them the handicraft skills she learned in the SSV-project at Panzi Hospital.
Amejibu was treated in the SSV-project ( Survivors of Sexual Violence and women in need of specialized gynecological treatment). Within the project the patients get socio-economic training like sewing and basket plaiting in order to be able to strengthen their own financial situation when they get back to their communities.Amejibu managed to sell some of her products before she left Panzi Hospital and bought materials to get started back home. There was a big interest from neighboring women to learn the skills so they formed an organization where they are working together for development.- What I learned at Panzi Hospital is enough to prepare for the future and to be able to work for your family. We can produce things that make money to help us with for example our rents and school fees. If you are strong and continue to work then you can make it, says Amejibu.Recently Amejibu and the other women in the organization received more materials through a donation from PMU, the Swedish NGO which implements the SSV-project at Panzi Hospital. - My husband is a tailor and I usually sell beans, but with my new skills I can expand what I do and can work to decrease poverty. I hope to be able to get a proper house in the future.The work at Panzi Hospital through the SSV-project is in line with the Millennium Goals concerning women’s access to reproductive health care, but also that more women will have wage jobs out of the farm sector. Esther Munyerenkana, psychosocial assistant in the SSV-project, says that the objective with the socio-economic part of the project is to help women to earn an income that does not force them to heavy work in the fields. But it also reinforces psychologically the woman who feels she is able to produce something valuable. - And it helps to dispel thoughts. The bad things they experienced, or their fear for the future, will not disappear completely, but it does not occupy their whole mind when they have something else to focus on. - We in the staff go into the villages and do follow-ups of some of the patients who have been here and it strengthens us to see that they feel better now. They also inform their neighbors back home about Panzi and what kind of care we can provide, so they can come here and be helped if they need.

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  1. Product Care says:

    Very insightful story it makes you appreciate just how lucky we are in the western world..

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