10,000 Lights Women's Centre, Kampala, Uganda
We are partnered with Daughters of Freedom- Uganda (formerly named Destiny Women) an NGO in Uganda. Together we have established an Empowerment Program in Kampala, Uganda, that assists survivors from commercial sex exploitation ( CSE) and sex trafficking to assimilate into the workforce. Our goal at Amilia's Light is to support in ways that are self-sustaining.
Amilia's Light funds the Empowerment Program, which includes the 10,000 Lights Women's Business Centre (10kWBC), a hair salon. The 10KWBC offers program participants on the job training, in hair styling, basic customer service and basic business skills.
We've helped transform the lives of over 50 women so far! We've expanded The Empowerment Program by adding a training center with professional comprehensive training in hair styling. We also added a second program in tailoring. The newly opened center has a classroom and a small hair salon. Program participants are provided with ½ day classroom instruction in either hair styling or tailoring, and students in the hair styling program are able to practice working with customers in the attached small salon.
In 2020 - we’ll enroll yet another new class.
In January, we’ll begin work with a new class of survivors of CSE. Participants will be interviewed and offered a scholarship at the EP. The young women chosen, have all completed DOFU's Seven Steps to Freedom Workshop.
We’re dreaming big again! A new Health Program
The vision for the Empowerment Program is a holistic approach, treating mind, body and soul. To that end, we are planning to add programs which will address medical and mental health, PTSD, and personal development. The goal is to equip these vulnerable survivors with skills to act independently and impart a sense of agency, so they can be be free to make their own choices.”
Longer term, our goal is to have a permanent structure for the business center that will house additional businesses and be able to train and employ more women. Our goal is to launch the participants into their own businesses or other careers of their choosing. Ultimately, we want the empowerment program to become self-sustaining through its businesses.