MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center- Pointe Noire
MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center opened its doors in November 2004 with two students and soon the number increased to five. During and after the festivities of Malaki ma Kongo festival, held in August 2005, a strong awareness campaign was launched and the results arrived soon. The number of students increased from 5 to 23: 18 in sewing and 5 in hairdressing.
MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center works to teach young mothers the arts of sewing and hairdressing. The Center also receives commands for clothes to be sent to Angola, Italy and France.
During the academic year 2005-2006, we had contacts with some Congolese Authorities, particularly with the Department of Promotion of Women in Kouilou, directed by Ms. Anne Marie Mampouya. We were also approached by some consultants of World Bank, which had included MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center in their Project of Support to Basic Education (PRAEBASE). Ms. Yolande Bahesi Ntalany Anastasie, Chief of MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center in Pointe Noire, was selected at a regional level as a member of the Committee for the Selection of Centers to be Supported. This indicates the importance the Region places on our efforts.
During the academic year 2006-2007 the Project of Support to Basic Education (PRAEBASE) sent us 10 trainees in sewing and 5 in hairdressing .
Our sewing training is divided into 4 phases:
Phase-A: Students learn buttonhole and basting.
Phase-B: Students learn to trace and cut fabric and bring pieces together to obtain the desired shape. Reassemblying fabric pieces allows our trainees to improve their precision in sewing
Phase-C: Students learn theory and practice of human body measurement: neck, chest, waist hip, thigh, etc.. … They also learn presenting cut paper models.
Phase-D: Students learn cutting and sewing.
At MALAKI DEVELOPPEMENT Center, our training priviledges a practical dimension. To compensate for our lack of equipment, we stimulate students to be practical, inviting them to bring tissue from home on which they will practice. This way school activities can be accomplished even during difficult time.
In general, our students and their parents are satisfied with our teaching. But we must recognize that we work in quite difficult conditions. We do not reach the cruising speed that can guarantee us autonomy of action. Ms. Nanitelamio Mireille, Chief of the Hair Dressing section, also presented the difficulties of her classes. The only hair drier they used is no longer in good condition … All this is to say that there’s a lack of means. As for sewing, the situation is identical, with a percentage of one machine every five students, not to mention the lack of all hardware tools, from fabric to scissors …
By the end of the academic year, we’ll have the final results. Mr Masengo ma Mbongolo, General Coordinator of Malaki ma Kongo, first of all thanked the Officials and trainees of Malaki Developpement Center for making this project succeed despite of all the difficulties. He also remarked that the decade 2005-2015 will be the decade of fight against poverty. But for this project to be beneficial to all, everyone must give a contribution to the fight against poverty. Therefore everyone must “wake up”, learn to work in group and in cooperatives. Difficulties are the same in the South as in the North of the Country. We must therefore increase our work efficiency from the very basis, so that we can better present Malaki Development to the world.