An established program for vulnerable women in a densely populated South Asian city sets out to meet the needs of girls in street situations, homeless mothers and children and pregnant women through partnering with them. This program provides them with opportunities to break the cycle of exploitation, abuse, and poverty through holistic training.
This training program includes literacy courses to learn basic reading, writing and numeracy, vocational skills for future employment (eg. jewelry making, kantha sewing, and using industrial sewing machines), life skills training, values teaching, health classes, parenting classes, and counseling. While the women are in the training program, their babies stay in childcare and children are at daycare where they have educational classes and other activities. The duration of this role ranges from 9 months to 3 years or more.
Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in social work or urban development preferred. Must have a passion to serve the poorest of the poor and a willingness to work in a low-tech environment. Ability to live in urban and unpredictable conditions required. Must be resilient and adaptable and able to work on a multi-cultural and multi-denominational team.