Since 2016 the Women Empowerment Center in Mandalay offers support, vocational training and shelter to women and girls coming from different regions in Myanmar. Most of them come from the areas affected by ongoing conflicts.
The center offers one-year vocational training programs in sewing and beautician, as well as English and computer classes, life skills, psycho-social support and recreational classes.
Since January 2020 WHOW collaborates with the sewing training program of the Women Empowerment Center.
The sewing training program is divided into two parts. At the first location, the center itself, the girls learn basic skills in six months under the supervision of Christine. After this, the girls get support in finding a sewing workshop in town, with good working conditions.
Some girls, for different reasons, are not ready to work outside the center yet. They receive more inhouse training and go to the second location. (The second location is a drop-in center for girls living on the street or coming from the marginalized areas in Mandalay). Here they learn the skills of producing more challenging designs, like traditional dresses. At this moment there are eight girls in the first program and three girls in the second.