Faraja Vocational Training Center was established by Martina Siara and Simon Siara to empower the vulnerable young girls under 18. The Center trains the young mothers on different vocational skills such as cookery and tailoring, entrepreneurship skills on starting and running their own business, health education, mathematics, English and computer classes.It accommodates 30 young mothers and 20 victims of human trafficking. In April 2007 Martina and Simon decided to use a piece of their inherited land to create a 1 acre garden with their students. In the garden they grow maize, beans, amaranth, night shade, cucumbers, cassava and bananas eaten by the students during their daily meals. Extra vegetables are sold to the nearby community members the obtained revenues from sales are used to purchase the required ingredients for cookery classes. They want to diversify the varieties by increasing the number of traditional crops, growing medicinal plants and fruit trees in the garden. The garden is situated on flat land 50 meters from Mandela road and ten km from Arusha’s city center. The next steps to take to develop the garden include purchasing a pump to draw water for irrigation from the already constructed bore hole and the organization of training sessions on organic gardening.
Mandela road, Arusha