Orange Babies empowers 35 women in Rehoboth

REHOBOTH: Welfare organisation Orange Babies has started offering computer skills’ training to vulnerable women at its centre in Rehoboth in the Hardap Region.

The organisation provides support to women living with HIV/AIDS and their children, but is now also empowering 35 women here with this training.

The training is conducted by Peace Corps’ volunteer David Oake, and has resulted in seven women finding employment as cashiers and secretaries.

Oakes told Nampa in a recent interview at Rehoboth that he has trained three groups of women in basic keyboard skills and Microsoft Word.

This training has benefited women living with HIV/AIDS in multiple ways.

“You see how their self-confidence and self-esteem improves. In addition, we incorporate HIV/AIDS education, and they become confident enough to go out for job interviews and fill out application forms,” he noted.

He added that training women in developing countries and putting resources into their education and employment helps countries develop at a faster rate.

Also speaking to this news agency was Orange Babies’ centre manager Irene Mouton, who said the computer training programme is one of the biggest projects they have been involved in here.

“After we found that most of the women cannot write and do not know how to read, we sent them for adult literacy classes. We also try to incorporate members of the general public who are unable to get employment,” she explained.

The organisation also tries to impart other skills to mothers, pregnant women and women living with HIV/AIDS.

This includes needlework, and other skills which can help improve their ability to find employment.

“All mothers who benefit from the project are taught skills which they can use to sustain their families when the feeding programme ends,” Mouton said.

Orange Babies provides nutritional feeding for babies from birth, if there is a problem which could lead to the mother being unable to breastfeed.

The project also provides food parcels twice a month for children who are receiving Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) to boost their immune systems, as well as food parcels for malnourished children.