Sila Foundation

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Funding of SILA foundation is a major setback to the smooth implementation of the projects. The founder and the rest of the members of the association numbering six, continue to support the projects as the main and reliable donors for the projects. We get the funds from the association members through our dues and special contributions. We have also received in few occasions donations from philanthropists to support our programs. The recent one was clothes donated by EIN BUNTER BUND MIT GHANA E.V., a partner organization from Germany. These clothes were given to the KAYAYES just like any other donations. The shelters of the KAYAYES are wooden structures, which are poorly constructed. A room has inhabitants ranging minimum of 10 but maximum of 15. SILA foundation has secured four (4) rooms currently at Kasoa to remedy the situation for those under the beads vocational training program. It depends on how fast they are in the vocational skills training. The program is a short course training expected to last for six (6) for each selected group of KAYAYES. However, those who are slow on the training, are considered for an additional six (6) months. The nature of the program allows us to train more KAYAYES in a year. They are given training in other areas including marketing. They use their last month on training to market their wares. This helps them to sharpen their marketing skills. The proceeds accrued from their wares are used to help them start their own beads business. This however isn’t enough to set up shops for all of them due to their huge numbers. Also, the foundation doesn’t have enough funds to buy more beads materials for the marketing purpose. The needs that are supposed to be covered are clothing, shelter, materials for the training accommodation and a training center. Their safety is key. We need a healthy and sound mind in a body to do the training. We therefore think that the shelter and materials for the training are urgently needed. They carry people’s loads in the day for a living. When they closed from work they continued with the beads works. They have full time for the training on Saturdays and Sundays. This we think is not enough. However, we cannot ask them to stop carrying the loads since we do not have alternative source of income for them. It is our hope that in the near future, all those on our project will have full time to participate. This we think will shortened the duration of training say to two (2) or three (3) months. Consequently, we will be able to train a minimum of four (4) groups and maximum of six (6) groups in a year. Their ages range from fifteen (15) to forty (40) years. We use our “Open market” exhibition and research tools and methodologies to scout for potential trainees onto our beads projects. With the “Open market” exhibition, we go to the markets to demonstrate to the KAYAYES how to make beads. We hold open forum to discuss issues affecting them. We get the opportunity to interact with them and also get the right information from the right persons. This gives us the idea of those interested to be trained. Others sometimes just ask for money to return home. Yes!!! Some want to go home. After identifying the potential group, we move in to interview them and also administer questionnaires before the final selection is done. Those included in the project are the other team members who were not present the day we met All the cost of our projects are at the expense of Sila Foundation. The beads and all other related materials are provided by the foundation at no cost to the trainees. The Sanitation and reproductive health training and any other services are provided for free to KAYAYES (trainees). We also sometimes invite resources persons in other fields to support our program at the expense of the foundation. In fact, we have never charged any KAYAYE for any of our services. Sila foundation project or women empowerment project. Livelihood skills and development training for KAYAYES (head porters) We came out with this project because there was the need for it and the reasons been that the kind of work these women do does not ensure sustainability of income. Secondly, they are being exploited by not being paid the right amounts after they carried people’s loads. So our main aim is to equip them with the necessary skills and training to enable them become economically independent. This will make them reunite with their families and they will be able to take care of their children’s educational and health needs.

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This year we succeded in extending the upper floor of the school building. 2 Rooms were made useable: the floor was cemented and the walls were painted. Furthermore, windows were finally inserted on the upper floor.

Kooperationskonzept zwischen dem Bunten Bund mit Ghana e.V. und der Sila Foundation

Ein Bunter Bund mit Ghana e.V. bietet der Sila Foundation einen zusätzlichen Vertriebskanal, indem man einige der Plastikperlenprodukte (d.h. Handtaschen aus Plastikperlen) auf Märkten in Deutschland weiterverkauft.

Allen Kayayes der Sila Foundation, die noch über keine vollwertige Schulbildung oder Englischkenntnisse verfügen, soll darüber hinaus in Accra der Schulbesuch ermöglicht werden. Hierzu sollen die Mädchen mit entsprechendem Förderbedarf in der „Sanbel School“, einer der vier Partnerschulen des Bunten Bundes mit Ghana e.V. in Accra, in einer eigens für sie eingerichteten Schulklasse unterrichtet werden. Den Kindern der Lastenträgerinnen soll während ihres Schulbesuches auch der Zugang zur schuleigenen Kinderkrippe möglich sein.

Schließlich will Ein Bunter Bund mit Ghana e.V. den Kayayes der Sila Foundation auch didaktische Lern-Workshops zu den Themenbereichen sexuelle Aufklärung, Verhütung, Hygiene und Kindeserziehung anbieten. Dies soll durch Praktikanten mit einschlägigem Bildungshintergrund erreicht werden, die vom Bunten Bund mit Ghana e.V. (in Kooperation mit dem Verein „Moja kwa Moja – Sei selbst das Projekt e.V.“) nach Accra entsendet werden.

Bunter Bund besucht Sila Foundation


Natasha, one of Sila Foundation´s participants in the Kayaye-professional training program

Quotation: I have always wanted to own something and to be a motivation to myself and to others but I didn't know how I am from northern region I came to do kayayeis because that was the only way I could survive as an orphan. I was seven years when I lost my parents I went to stay with my anty until I turn 14 when I was she passed away so I left school and came to accra to carry kayayeis when I turn 15 I got pregnant through rape when I realize I was pregnant I didn't know whatto do I went to my relatives to give birth after I gave birth things were really difficult for me because I was now a mother and I need to feed my child I couldn't afford much because I was weak. I saw my dreams shutting and it was so heartbreaking until I met wasila who introduce me to sila foundation and I was thought how to do beads and shear butter and my with my skill I took care of my child and myself I am a motivation to myself and others because I didn't know I could take care of myself."

Her village in the North of Ghana