Tchukudu Women's Training Centre
During a visit to DRCongo, founder Cathy met with 10 women whom recalled the stories of ongoing war, sexual violence, violent deaths of family members and abject poverty. She knew she must do something and began corresponding with Kizungu. Listening to the needs of the local community, it was suggested that a training centre be built, where the women could learn skills to earn self-sustaining incomes. From here the Tchukudu Women's Training Centre was born in 2014.
Students receive skill training in sewing, basket weaving and tie-dying. Upon graduation, the women are provided an 'exit kit' which contains all necessary equipment and materials to start their own business. Our students leave the TWTC with the skills and knowledge necessary to support themselves.
Graduates to date
Sustainable jobs created by our entrepreneurial graduates
CAD to run the program for one year
Women and their family
receiving free healthcare
USD / month to sponsor a woman's education
The Tchukudu Women's Training Centre has even had a brush with Hollywood! In 2017, Founder Cathy had a meeting with Angelina Jolie to share the stories of the women we work with, their challenges and triumphs. This lead to a successfully GoFundMe account which raised over $7000CAD, nearly a fifth of our annual operating budget for this program.
In late 2018, a partnership with St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and Shopify, resulted in an online retail store. A small range of products created by our students can be purchased online at www.couragecongo.com.