FEYReP Rolls Out Skill Acquisition and Empowerment for GBV Survivors

Family Empowerment Youth Re-Orientation Pathway Initiative have implemented anti Gender-Based Violence programs in the communities of Akwa Ibom State for the past 6 years achieving numerous feats, ranging from obtaining justice for the less privileged (in cases of rape for minor’s etc.), restoration of homes from family conflicts as well mediate for child/children welfare plans, support survivors to attain resilience and be economically empowered.  She has also, in the cause of these years ensured health care interventions for GBV survivors (through the SAC centres and other health related centres that provided required health interventions for survivors with any additional expenses cared for) non GBV survivors and the elderly.

Pastries training at the 5 day skill acquisition program

FEYREP, in her benevolence, deemed it important to ensure the empowerment of GBV survivors who have been in dire need of assistance for family well-being. It is on this premise that FEYReP ensured a 5 day training program for 20 GBV survivors from the 3 senatorial district of Akwa Ibom state. 

FEYReP Coordinator, Dr Idorenyin Ekanem, speaking at the event

The training commenced on the 18th of December and ended on the 22nd of December. The opening day was graced with the presence of the founder of FEYReP, represented by the coordinator; Dr Idorenyin Ekanem, Akwa Ibom State GBV Management Committee Secretary, Mrs Emem Etteh, the counsellor of FEYReP, Ms. Aniebiet Akpan and representatives from the State GBV Management Board.

On the opening day of the event, the beneficiaries were informed that the motivation for the training they were about to recieve, was the desire to equip them with skills that will be of economic value to them in a country where the economy is on its knees.

They were advised to be attentive in training and ensure be sure to put the skill learnt to good to use, they were also informed to give back to their society by training other young ladies in their communities who desire to learn but
cannot afford it.

The training was divided into 2 groups,
Team A: were trainees on confectioneries (meat and fish pie, doughnuts, pancakes, chin-chin, peanuts, buns etc) 10 participants, facilitated by Mrs Favour Akpan Asuquo

Team B: were trained on the production of detergents, body creams, air fresheners,disinfectants and liquid soap 10 participants, facilitated by Ms. Edidiong

In both sessions, the facilitators ensured a step-by-step detailed training on how to produce each item to obtain its best quality to gain public trust from potential consumers of the products. The training was not only focused on production but the attendees were also trained on market penetration and consumer satisfaction and customer retention.

On the last day of the project, the participants made presentations on their choice products, depending on the skill acquired and they were empowered with a start-up sum of 50,000 Naira.

The participants, all female, were drawn from the 3 senatorial districts of the state (Eket, Ikot Ekpene and Uyo), their ages ranging between 18 to 35 years.

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