Thirty to benefit from eHomemaker programme


UP TO 30 physically challenged and disadvantaged women will benefit from eHomemaker’s innovative e-work scheme by the end of 2012.

Alcatel-Lucent made the first phase of the project possible with a US$90,000 grant. The participating women, from Klang Valley, Terengganu and Sarawak, are receiving data entry training. They will digitise business cards.

At the end of their training period, the women, most of whom have never worked before, will earn money from the data entry work.

eHomemakers has been training disadvantaged women in computer work for over eight years, so that they can work at home or seek flexi-work with employers.

Computer-based work gives women a chance to grow into higher value paid-work instead of participating in gender stereotyped income-earning schemes such as cooking and sewing.

This is the first time eHomemakers forms a cyber-telecentre to group the women together so that they can complement each other’s time and skills to take on a bigger volume of e-work, and enabling them to balance work and home life at the same time.

eHomemakers executive director Chong Sheau Ching said: “Two years ago we trained many women to use computers, but very few of them managed to get jobs because not many employers wanted to hire them due to lack of work skills.

“The innovative data entry scheme that we are creating will allow them to work at home at their respective skill level.”

Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia president and managing director Mohd Fazlin Shah Mohd Salleh said: “We are certainly proud to be associated with eHomemakers and the project it brings.

“We are confident the financial support from the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation will tremendously help eHomemakers to achieve part of its social mission of helping people, especially disadvantaged women, to work at home for economic self-reliance and work-life balance.”

eHomemakers is a non-profit social enterprise consists of an e-community of 17,000 teleworkers, SOHO owners, homemakers and homeworkers (see www.ehomemakers.net) and also a pro-poor project community.

Its social mission is to help people help themselves.

When the poor in the schemes achieve economic-reliance at their own pace, they are graduated from the project and their vacant places will be replaced by new recruits from selected non-governmental organisations.

The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation leads the company’s charitable activities.

Its mission is to “provide youth — with a special focus on girls and young women in targeted underserved communities — with access to education and life skills programmes that will help prepare them to seek employment, higher education, and the opportunity to contribute as citizens and community leaders.”

The Foundation currently supports programmes in France, the United States, and selected countries in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.

Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services.

The company achieved revenues of 16 billion euros in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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