Dorcas Association de Lafiabougou
The Dorcas Association was founded in 2001 by Moise and Elizabeth Oubda. Growing up they saw a need for girls and women in Bobo-Dioulasso to be able to access information and training to strengthen their ability to get income and work. Their vision is to invest into people - so they started Association Dorcas.
Dorcas main activity is the textiles training centre which is mostly for orphans, oppressed or disadvantaged girls. The course is three years and has been given to over 600 girls. In 2015 over 200 students were on the program.
The girls and women learn about sewing, using dyes, embroidery, knitting and bag making. They will receive training in other areas such as socio-economic projects, literacy, housekeeping, nutrition and an awareness class on reproductive health. They provide materials and equipment so that everyone can be involved in all of the projects. The course encourages girls to take part in economic activities to fight poverty. At the end of the course over 600 girls have been gifted with a sewing machine to begin using their skills.
As well as the textiles centre they run a project for street boys training on electric and carpentry skills, Kindergarden, Play school and Nursery. The programs have the main aim of fighting for the cause of orphans in the context where AIDS has caused a lot of damage. Many children find themselves with no support, so Dorcas gets alongside families for moral, material, medical support as well as play, schooling and more. We have the vision to build an orphanage in the future.
Association Dorcas le Lafiabougou is registered under "RECEPISSE No 2001-134/MATD/PHUE/SG/DAG