Aurora foundation has been putting greater emphasis on supporting development projects. Newly funded projects have mainly been in Sierra Leone, but Aurora is still supporting projects elsewhere in the world.
The newest project is a support to Tau frá Tógó, an Icelandic organization that sells clothes and other goods sawed and produced in a sewing workshop, which is a part of an orphanage, run by Syster Victorine in Aného, Togo. All proceeds go back to the orphanage. Tau frá Tógó is Icelandic and means Cloth from Togo.
With the funds from Aurora, Tau frá Tógó are sending an Icelandic Fashion Designer, Elva Káradóttir, to guide students in the Sewing Workshop to saw a women´s dress. Helga Björnsson a former Fashion Designer at the fashion house Louis Féraud has designed a women’s dress and Elva will support the production of the dress, by training the students in the Sewing Workshop. Elva has substantial experience in the fashion design industry as she regularly works for the fashion houses Nina Ricci and Chanel.
The sewing workshop is the main income generating facility for the orphanage and some kind of a vocational school for the oldest kids. Tau frá Tógó has been supporting the orphanage by buying various goods they have produces and sell it in Iceland, such as children cloths and shopping bags, and the goods have received great attention.
Project like this that Aurora is supporting will give the students an important training and will augment their capabilities. The students will get a greater understanding of the whole production process, from receiving the design to supplying a fully produced dress. Further to this they will also get some experience in exporting goods, what procedures to follow etc.
The third and final part of the computer project took place this morning when Aurora donated five computers to Life by Design. Life by Design is a Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Freetown. Their work is mainly twofold. First, to support young entrepreneurs taking their first steps in setting up their own companies. The Centre supports them for 3-6 months in developing their business plan, and offers guidance on how to structure their companies and research their respective field. The second aspect is to support young people in their career development, e.g. prepare them for applying for jobs and how to write CVs. The computers will enable Life by Design to allow young people to do their work and research in-house with the direct support of the Centre’s personnel.
Aurora Foundation rolled out its second ICT project this week, after a successful pilot project earlier in the year. The project, an ICT course, was done in cooperation with iDT Labs and SAMSKIP as before but now also with Arion Bank, one of the largest Banks in Iceland. Sixty-nine students attended this one-week long course. Aurora is extremely proud and happy to have been able to provide this second free training course with its partners and the demand for space was overwhelming – over 400 students, entrepreneurs, and other young people applied for the 69 spaces available.
The participants completed the week-long course with a presentation showcasing their newly acquired skills. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of their presentations and happy to hand out certificates to each and every participant.
Due to the generosity of our partners Arion Bank and Samskip, each participant was allowed to take home a computer in order to continue improving their IT skills. There was a lot of cheering when we announced this amazing surprise!
Once again, thank you, partners Arion Bank, Samskip and iDT labs for an inspiring and amazing project that really has made a mark in the lives of so many people.