Thank you for visiting the blog for Ipaja Community Link (ICL), a small community-based organisation in Lagos, Nigeria, working towards creating a prosperous, healthy and empowered community in Ipaja.

The main activities of ICL are:
- skills vocational training for women and young people in basic cooking, sewing and bead-making
- youth and community volunteering
- community health education, awareness and support
- community care initiatives

ICL specifically aims to support and empower women, people living with HIV/AIDs, young people, and orphans and vulnerable children.

The following information is representative of the work of ICL and reflects the views of staff, volunteers and those that ICL are working with.

ICL is working hard to make poverty a thing of the past in Ipaja - no one in the community is asking for a handout; they are simply looking for ways to make their lives better, to provide for their families and to secure their future. For more information, please call 0702 969 8523, 0706 155 0665 or 0705 636 9269 (or add +234 if calling from the UK) or email icl@difn.org.uk.

Please read on... (and here's a tip: it might be best if you read from the bottom, for older posts, to the top, for newer posts)...

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Feature: Mrs Beautrice Olufolajimi, Sewing

Mrs Beautrice Olufolajimi, aged 58, is a housewife living in Ipaja. Beautrice started attending the daily sewing classes at Ipaja Community Link in September 2008 after she heard about the skills acquisition programme through Family Ark Mission: Agency for the Aged. Beautrice says, "I am a pensioner but because my pension money is always late, I came to this programme to learn new skills to set up my own shop to try to make ends meet." During the five month programme, Beautrice has learnt new skills such as dress-cutting and sewing and can now sew different types of clothes, including various types of skirts and blouses. Beautrice is a widow and therefore hopes that, by establishing her own business, she will be able to provide for her family as well as having something else to occupy her time. Beautrice will graduate from the programme on 27 February 2008.

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