In March I organised a workshop to train 20 girls with hearing impairment on using digital tools such as Facebook, WhatsApp status and labels to sell products as a way of enhancing their economic empowerment. 20 girls were trained. This was a training of trainers workshop as they were given the responsible to train their deaf peers in the community.
This July I organised follow -up workshops at various community as refreshal courses to these same girls although they have been doing relatively well as can be seen in their monthly contributions during their meetings and the frequency of posting on these platforms unlike before.
Certain aspects were improved upon as compared to the first workshop in March.
Firstly more gadgets were available. I had to borrow my son's computer to add to mine. But it was so amazing that some of these girls had bought android phones from proceeds from their sales and so the class was more practical, interesting and concepts easy to understand.
Secondly it was organised in 4 different groups in the community mostly at their houses. This i did to avoid bringing a crowd of them together. At the long run it was to our advantage especially as the small number ensured one to one interactions.
Thirdly before the workshop I had learnt how to tweet and so also thought them. These varied digital platforms will in the long run increase visibility to their work and so increase in their sales of products.
There were some challenges like keeping social distances especially as I had to go round teaching some practical concepts most of them requiring some sort of unavoidable closeness. As a matter of fact before each training we talked a lot about Covid19 prevention and so they were conscious of using sanitizers frequently and also putting on face mask.
Five girls with hearing impairment received some material start up capital to do hair dressing and traditional embroidery. We will be planning a workshop for them in the nearest future. We are also hoping on developing some strategies to monitor the performance of beneficiaries of this workshops online.