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NLK has setup digital training program for target women living with HIV/AIDS in broad grass root communities of Ethiopia since 2010. The program is part of the organization’s identified strategies for the target women groups’ social and economic empowerment. The program train Women Living with HIV/AIDS in digital Literacy and skill in internet usage. In addition, to reduce stigma and increase opportunities improves positive impacts and sustainability; the program targets other vulnerable women, girls and OVC participants who may not have been diagnosed or chose not to disclose status.
The program primarily provides training in Basic computer skill training: Microsoft word, Microsoft excels Microsoft access and internet usage for three months by a qualified trainer. The program train approximately 100 to 150 target women annually and provide employment opportunities as well.
To avoid the low placement rates of the trained women; NLK Link the Digital Literacy skill training program to pre-identified employment opportunities through continues labor market assessments and identifying leading firms and internet cafes with growing demand for the skilled labor in the target communities. Moreover, NLK promote individually operated internet cafes by the women upon successfully completing the training program.
Since late 2010 of its establishment, the program has successfully trained more than 200 of the target women, girls and children. Currently, the women have been able to utilize the modern technology and internet access as means for broad online communication and the pertaining social and economic opportunities. Among others, , the women are able to connect and collaborate online with variety members of positive women networks both locally and globally; to share and/or gain new experience, approach, practices and knowledge resulting for them profound social and psychosocial wellbeing.
Today, NLK is proud of the commendable achievement made in the target women we have been able to change the lives of the target women, dependents and the community thorough this unique program.
The women able to generate income by commencing self-operated internet cafes and associated service, or employed in leading computer firms or leading internet cafes in the local communities of Addis Ababa

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Kadidia's picture

women empowerment

Erena,

This is a nice and powerful program you have for women and especially women experiencing this disease. It is not just a training opportunity but also a venue for self-esteem.
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us on the worldpulse platform and good luck in keeping the program going.

Kadidia Doumbia

sabapetit's picture

Thank you!

Dear Erena Bayessa,

I have enjoyed to read you! It is a relief to know that little by little we are changing the world for the better. I think NLK is an important educative project for women living with HIV/AIDS. Based on your story, the program gives them a new chance to take control over their lives because they are able to gain digital skills!! It is a new chance to start again!
My best wishes for you and the NLK team! Thank you for all your work!

Peace,

Sabapetit

Sabapetit

Mary S's picture

Hi Erena Thank you for

Hi Erena

Thank you for sharing details of your training programme. I am happy to see that you are linking the training to skills that employers in your area want, and teaching them how to set up their own businesses. That will give them independence, more opportunities to decide what they want from life.

After completing the training, how many of them have found employment or set up their own internet cafes?

Mary

Greetings, thank you for your review and questions.
The program has been running for the last four years. The program has been benefiting the target groups (women living with HIV/AIDS, OVC and other vulnerable women groups) in different secessions during each year. On average, minimum 50 individuals benefit from the training program during each year upon successfully completing the training program. Of these, most of them establish their own self operated internet cafes with the special support from NLK on availability of fund, whereas; support others to engage in other employment opportunities with local leading internet cafes and computer firms. You are always welcome with your important thought and input.
Gojjam

bayessa

Mary S's picture

That is good to hear! Mary

That is good to hear!

Mary

judyannet's picture

Great job

Erena,

I don't know what to say apart from a big congrats for this amazing work. Especially for giving these women a reason to keep going on. Considering how people treat people living with HIV/AIDS then to see these women empowered like this is such an encouragement. I think empowering them to not only use the internet to connect locally and globally is a big step in not only sustaining them but their families through the connections and the skills gained.

I would like to hear more of this. Is there a website or an email by which I could reach you?

judyannet

Dear Judyannet,
I appreciate for your review and request.
Kindly the organizational
Email:negemlelaken@nlk.org.et
website: www.nlk.org.et ,
we would kindly look forwards to learn from your thoughts .
Gojjam

bayessa

travelpoet's picture

Wonderful!

Thank you for sharing about this wonderful program and the hope and positive changes that it is bringing!

I am impressed with the vision of mapping out employment opportunities as the women are going through the program so that there is an increased likelihood of an economic position upon their graduation. This is really smart and helps prevent the all-too-common result of a gap that often happens at the end of other programs.

May I ask what your role is in this process? Are you the founder, one of the trainers, or a woman who has successfully completed the program? Regardless, it sounds like you are a wonderful advocate. Thank you for your caring heart and for your commitment to women's empowerment!

Ethiopia is one of my favorite places. I'm extra glad to hear that this program benefits Ethiopian women!

All best wishes from an American sister…
Kristie

Erena Bayessa's picture

That is what I am!

I am 38 years old man. I have long experience of working in emerging women Organizations. Currently, I work as program Manager for Negem Lela Ken New HIV Positive Women Support Organization ( NLK) based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia since 2010. I am highly concerned and dedicated to the cause women in my communities. I am brought in a community where men dominantly exercise their power over women as I do believe same is true with some of my peers in many African communities and other world may be .
From childhood to mature, I use to question why? Imbalance power between men and women; in other words why? Imbalance of power between my father and mother; husband and wife; why our past and existing generation fails to understand truth- meaning about women and men natural relationship.
In my perspective, and as I believe others may do, “a woman” meaning, for me “beloved mother, dearest sister, affectionate wife … and caring grandmother “ , if that is the case, I sad why? Paradoxically “we” I meant – some of men, not all exercise power over women. Thus, if one mind, my argument is to stresses particularly that “ a women” is “a mother” of “ a man” If this does make sense, I hardly understand why? A woman is regarded as “less “and experiences “less” “than their male partner in our communities’ today? Why our women are less educated? Limited access? Less possessed/ less positioned? Less represented? … Less powered? Is that why she selflessly carried me long 9 months in her womb? Is that why she painfully gave birth to me? Is that why she had selflessly nursed me when I was baby child? Is that why she selflessly schooled me? When I was a boy? Why? Why? In my standpoint, the current generation, particularly, our contemporary men, including me are responsible to safeguard the equality and equity for women. We should not leave long the existing “curse” - imbalance power between men and women, continue to next generation.
In conclusion, that why I am highly dedicated myself to the cause of my “mother”- women. I want to continue be advocates for women’s human and natural rights, until I see the end of “men’s” prejudice over women. I continue that until, I see my communities; where justice secured. Until I see, secured balanced power between women and men. Until I see, the equality and equity of women secured in my communities; no doubt, by the time balance of power secured between women and men, we all more benefit as individual, family, community and society. Again, No doubt, by the time balance of power secured between women and men of our society, we all will be able to lead happier, healthier and productive life as individual, family, community, society and the broader world. That is what I am!
Thanks
Gojjam  

bayessa

Dear Bayessa,

Thank you for showing us that there is always hope. I just want to let you know that your work is inspirational to take the path of justice, respect and peace.
Regarding the women who you work for, do they have children? Are there educative programs for them? Do they have the same opportunities of their mothers?

Peace,
Sara B.

Sabapetit

Erena Bayessa's picture

Indeed, many thanks to our

Indeed, many thanks to our national and international compassionate partners, particularly the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) and African Women Development Fund (AWDF) without their generosity and dedication to our effort all would have been impossible.Today NLK become a meaningful organization reaching thousands of women, grandmothers and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia In collaboration with sustained generous financial and technical support of the partners, NLK has made commendable achievements in reversing the pandemic challenge among the target affected grandmothers and the OVC under their care

Today, NLK has successful stories of women, grandmothers, children and dependents. They beneficiary women and grandmothers have been able have enough food, income to be spent on the families’ wellbeing including for education of the children. Beyond, addressing the issues of their food insecurity, some of the program beneficiaries have been able to generate income to be spent for food, health and education of their dependent children or grandchildren.

Besides, the beneficiary women and grandmothers support groups have established Village saving and Lending Association (VSLA) which provided them an opportunity to carry out self-managed saving, lending and social fund which further gave them courage to stay connected in solidarity. Under the program support, currently, there are more than 7 women supports Groups (GMSG) including Grandmothers each composed of 21 members. The’ support Groups have come together to support and encourage each other in the wake of being left with the burden of taking care of their children and grandchildren owed to their able son and or daughter who have died to HIV/AIDS related complications.

bayessa

sabapetit's picture

Please, do not give up

Dear Bayessa,

I just would like to let you know that your story is strong and I am pretty sure it can reach the interest of many people out there. Keep sharing the progress of your educative program and the transformation of the women you serve. Please, do not give up!

Peace,

Sabapetit

Sabapetit

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