The season of gratitude and generosity is upon us!
In the coming weeks, we will express gratitude on Thanksgiving, shop for loved ones on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and make the world a better place on Giving Tuesday.
To ring in the season, Hands Along the Nile is running a Giving Tuesday Campaign. Between now and Giving Tuesday, November 28, all donations to our vocational training programs will be matched by a generous donor. Our goal is to raise $5,000 in that time.
HANDS’ vocational training programs aspire to transform the lives of Egypt’s unemployed by equipping them with marketable skills. These skills include hairdressing, secretarial work, plumbing, sewing, weaving, quilting as well as mobile phone and computer maintenance. The opportunity to work a skilled job has the potential to transform one’s ability to afford family expenses and keep children in school.
Just a short training course can change the life of someone like Nora.
Nora and her family eke out a simple life in an informal settlement of Egypt, where electricity was only recently installed. Nora had always loved styling her daughter’s hair, so when she heard about a HANDS sponsored vocational training program in her community, she selected the hairdresser track. After just 10 days, she had the basic skills to launch a small business as a hairdresser, which she now runs successfully from her apartment.
You can help us sponsor more hardworking young people, like Nora, when you donate between now and Giving Tuesday, November 28th. Remember all donations for this campaign are being matched, so the power of your gift is doubled!
Only 23% of women in Egypt find employment during their lives. Vocational training, which provides them the opportunity to start their own small business, can transform their lives.
You can follow our campaign on Facebook under #givingtuesdaymatch.
Thank you for sharing this season of giving with the industrious people of Egypt!
Barbara Langley serves as Director for CIPE’s Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, democratizing opportunity for women by fostering ecosystems for entrepreneurship. She leads CIPE’s strategy to amplify the voice of the private sector through women’s equal participation in free markets and democratic institutions. Throughout her career, Langley has conducted campaign management, communications, coalition building, issues advocacy, good governance and accountability, leadership and strategic planning programs for democratic political and civic activists, business leaders, local elected officials and parliamentary and campaign staff. She has worked extensively with marginalized sectors of society including women, youth, and persons with disabilities.