Koforidua, April 5, GNA - The Islamic Council For Development and Humanitarian Services (ICODEHS), has donated 20 sewing machines estimated at Ghâ‚µ10,000.00 to needy young women in the Koforidua Zongo Community to enable them undertake apprenticeship in dressmaking.
At a short presentation ceremony in Koforidua during which the machines were handed over to the 20 beneficiaries, the leader of ICODEHS Women Wing, Hajia Azumi Ibrahim said the organization was formed to assist Muslim women to acquire different vocations and to help in developmental projects in Zongo Communities across the country.
She advised the youth to take to other vocations after completing the various levels of formal education to help reduce unemployment and poverty in the Zongo communities.
Madam Mariama Abdul Rahim, a beneficiary on behalf of the other recipients thanked ICODEHS for the gesture and urged them to expand their services to other artisan fields such as hairdressing and auto-mechanic engineering, to get more youth to acquire vocational training.
Another beneficiary, Madam Rakiatu Tijani appealed to ICODEHS to establish a facility where needy but willing youth who wants to learn a trade but cannot afford a sewing machine could rent them at a very low cost.
She appealed to the government and other philanthropists to help establish a bead-making industry in the Zongo community to train the youth in beading since it is one of the most lucrative jobs in recent times.
This, she added will create jobs for the youth and help reduce social vices in Zongo communities, the region and the country at large.
The Chief Imam of Koforidua, Alhaji Ussif Amdani Sulemana also thanked ICODEHS for the kindness and called on other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and philanthropists to support Zongo communities with developmental projects.