DIMA has welcomed twenty-six new students who are refugees from Mali. They are learning tailoring. The students are sponsored by the International Committee for Emergency Aid and Development.
A meeting was held last week between DIMA staff and members of the International Committee for Emergency Aid and Development. The group completed the details needed to begin training 26 young refugees from Mali. The young people will start at the DIMA school on June 15. They will be taking a tailoring course.
DIMA is making plans to start a weaving school. This year DIMA plans to construct a large open shed to use as the classroom, acquire 10 traditional looms and to give 10 young people 3 months of training in literacy and 4 months of training in a traditional weaving style known as téra-tera.
To raise funding for the project, DIMA is launching a crowdfunding campaign on GlobalGiving that will run from June 8 to June 26, 2020. You can find more information here:
Téra-tera blankets are given to brides and grooms as wedding gifts in Niger. However, there are very few people now weaving in this style, so one goal of the school is to preserve téra-tera.
After the initial four months of training, DIMA plans to acquire larger, standard production looms and offer the students 1 ½ years of additional training in weaving and business skills.
Then DIMA plans to form a weaving cooperative to continue to train new students and to provide assistance to working weavers.
The tailoring students at DIMA are participating in a program sponsored by the government of Niger.
The students are busy sewing 100,000 face masks to be distributed in the country. Not only are they helping fight the pandemic, but they are also gaining valuable work experience. ###
This is a new website for the NGO initiative for the craft trades (Dima) founded September 21, 2015 in Niamey Niger.
The NGO Dima is a non-profit organization that brings together professionals from the craft trades. It consists of a general assembly (all members) and headed by an executive office with a chairperson. Dima is currently working in Niger in the city of Niamey.
The aim of the organization is to develop neighborhood learning platforms for young people and to promote and develop channels of distribution of artisanal products to contribute to the socio-economic development of its members and artisans in general.