PICTURES: Inside the newly commissioned “kayayei” hostel and skill training centre in Madina

The initial training phase seeks to train 5,000 female porters (commonly known as “kayayei”), starting with batches of 600 beneficiaries each in the Madina and Ashaiman hostel facilities

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has officially launched an innovative programme, known as the “Kayayei Empowerment Programme”, aimed at training roughly 5,000 head porters in hostels and skills training centres across Ghana.

The initiative, which was a promise made by Dr Bawumia, the NPP’s 2024 presidential aspirant, after he visited kayayei in 2019, seeks to upskill the porters, provide them with transitional job avenues and improve their socio-economic well-being.

The initial training phase will train 5,000 head porters, starting with batches of 600 beneficiaries each at the Madina and Ashaiman hostel facilities. Each of the beneficiaries will be supported with seed money of GHC1,000.

Beneficiaries will be housed in the hostels, where they will receive training for six weeks in bead-making, decoration, soap-making, baking and giving manicures and pedicures.

Below is a selection of pictures of the newly commissioned facility:

“Kayayei Empowerment Programme”: Vice-President Bawumia tests facilities at the Madina hostel in the company of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover (far right in dark glasses)

“Kayayei Empowerment Programme”: Irene Naa Torshie Addo of the District Assemblies Common Fund, Dr Bawumia and Nii Kwartei Titus Glover confer with project leaders Inspecting one of the dormitories where trainees will be housed “Kayayei Empowerment Programme”/back to basics: in one of the training rooms on site “Kayayei Empowerment Programme”: bathroom facilities at the hostels are simple and decent Staff who will be involved in training the young women as beauticians engaged the vice-president as they displayed products and services Vice-President Bawumia samples some of the treats the young women will be trained to make

“Kayayei Empowerment Programme”: the new centre in Madina

“Kayayei Empowerment Programme”: medical staff will be on hand to attend to the young trainees' health needs

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