Vocational Training for Tsunami Caregivers, Aceh

The programs started in February of 2006, when Hope 4 Our Children Co-Founder and Board Member, Faizah Badeges, along with two Hope 4 Our Children's volunteers, Debra Dirks and Stephanie Parlove, traveled to Indonesia and identified possible programs to help widows and youth tsunami survivors in Sigli area.

Hope 4 Our Children  identified two local partners in implementing the project. Hope 4 Our Children work with a local partner, PII/MSA (pelajar IslamIndonesia/Muslim Student Association), to procure sewing machines and embroidery machines for the livelihood of more than 25 women victims of tsunami. Additionally, Hope 4 Our Children fund livelihood trainings for tsunami orphans caretakers / tsunami widows to sew and embroider.

Moreover, Hope 4 Our Children collaborate with Yayasan Ilham in Sigli on teaching the women and men of tsunami victim how to produce salted fish. Hope 4 Our Children also bought packaging machine to pack shredded fish for fish crackers home industry / small business. This industry can generates income for tsunami victims without the need of large capital and helps provide their livelihood.


Here are some of the trainings that began in February 2006:

* Hammock Making Program, the students are paid 25,000 rupiah or equivalent to $3 to make each hammock and a local institution sells the hammock 100,000 rupiah, equivalent to $12.

* Furniture Making Program, the students built dining table, bed and large cabinet. They are hoping to sell the product for further project.

* Embroidery Project, classes participants can make a fully embroidered hijabs. When proficient, one person can make three, fully embroidered hijabs per day.

* Sewing Project, the students gets donation of material to make clothes for the children in the refugee camps.

* Fish Shredding, This is a seasonal industry and was not in operation while the team was in Indonesia due to seasonal fish in Aceh.

Ultimately, the goal of the program is to train livelihood skills for tsunami caregivers to help them find jobs in embroidery business and in the long run, to run their own home industry business.