Claire Amitié International

Almost half of the world’s poorest nations are located in Africa and poverty especially among women is staggeringly high leaving them more vulnerable and unable to better care for their children in the continent. Poverty and gender inequality are twin barriers and they disproportionately affect women and girls in the developing world. They face social, economic, and political barriers to improving their lives that men experience to a far lesser degree.

One of the key tools of fighting poverty and empowering women is through education. Claire Amitié Internationale (CAI) firmly believes that eradicating poverty starts with educating women and young girls. Investing on girls and women’s education can help lift entire families and communities out of poverty. Today, Claire Amitié International operates in Africa, Brazil and Cambodia providing free education and assistance to develop job skillsets through vocational training. They operate and house an estimate of 1200 young girls and women under their care in 8 CAI centers.

Project in 2018

Despite the respective government’s commitment to poverty reduction in Africa, there are many debilitating factors that continue to affect women’s economic status.  Aid from international NGOs to commit to eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality among a range of anti-poverty goals are needed more than ever.

For the first time this year, TFWA Care will provide financial assistance to Clare Amitie Internationale to enable them to construct a new building for CAI’s learning centre in Kaolack, Senegal. The current CAI centre in Kaolack can no longer accommodate the growing amount of students. They require a new building to train and enroll more. Courses in sewing and culinary are given to women to help them obtain a diploma and certification to develop a career in catering, restaurant, and hotel industry. Such skills can help them better their lives and get out of poverty forever so they can support themselves and their families.