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.

Opening more doors to help women live better lives

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.

In 2018, TFWA Care provided financial assistance to Clare Amitie Internationale (CAI) to construct a new building and enlarge their learning centre in Kaolack, Senegal. The existing CAI centre in Kaolack had reached its full potential and were no longer able to accommodate the growing amount of students.  The construction ended in June 2019 and from here on, the enlargement of CAI's facilities will open its doors for more students to take vocational courses in sewing and culinary and priorities were given to women.  Certificates are awarded at the end of their courses and training where they can use to gain lucrative jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry.  Such skills can help these women better their lives and contribute to support their families.  Moving forward, they have a better chance to get out of poverty forever and live a self-sustainable lives.