Zalika, a former child domestic worker, training to be a plumber in the vocational workshop

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Zalika, pictured above, was a former child domestic worker who received training to be a plumber though a vocational workshop.

Poverty and hardship in rural areas force children to migrate to cities to find jobs in private households. Many girls also run away from home to avoid domestic abuse or forced marriage. Far from their families and vulnerable to exploitation, these children are often denied the salaries they are initially promised. They are often forced to work long hours and have little chance of attending school and getting an education. Many are subjected to physical and sexual abuse.

So, when Zalika was offered the opportunity of vocational training, she was delighted. Through our local partner, Zalika was able to learn a vocational skill and used the opportunity to train as a plumber. Zalika was in fact the only female plumbing student at the training centre and was delighted to have the opportunity as this work is traditionally done by men.

Zalika aims to inspire other girls that they too can learn to be a plumber, and dreams of running her own plumbing company and to be able to hire women into this business. She would like other women and girls to be able to learn from her – and we can’t think of any better way to help empower other women in her area and break gender biases in employment.

Zalika hopes that by learning this important skill she will be able to provide a better life for her family. She wants to have more opportunities and have a career beyond domestic work.

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