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The high rate of illiteracy amongst women has led to many physical limitations to women's well-being, limited opportunities for accessing information and developing awareness amongst women. The risk of dependence is on the upward trend. Women work more hours than men, regardless of the season, both in farming and non-farming activities. Despite the high labour input by women, women are still experiencing time in poverty and there is a need for women to depart from farm and non-farm activities and to learn skills that can yield better income for self-dependence and self sustainability.

This is mind, pushed us to the creation of ELENA NGO in 1991.

ELENA NGO is made up of a small group of women of various educational backgrounds, professions, ethnic groups and cultures. Together we became organised to grow and strengthen women.

We also improve and give orientation to teenage girls, handicapped children/women and women in general, both educated and non-educated; living in ignorance, abject poverty and in a society of discrimination, controlled by men.

Therefore, we aspire for social change, empowerment, conscientisation, learning, transformation, and we strategize and take action against societal ills.

In a nutshell, we work against a society that imposes physical, economic, racial, ideological, moral and psychological violence against women. We also combat life styles that are based on egoism, dependence, historical factors, inflexible political structures, and legalised discrimination against women.

Our central motto is: Girls/Women, cease your inhumanity to men.

ELENA NGO started as far back as 1991 as an informal handicraft initiative, to train girls and handicapped people who have not had the opportunity to attend primary and post primary educational institutions for one reason another. ELENA runs a multi-purpose skills development centre for women, handicapped, and teenage girls. In this centre, afflicted women/teenage girls acquire basic skills for life for a token contribution. We are also concerned with womenís illiteracy rates, which are in many cases twice as high menís rates. It may seem obvious, yet in the past two decades, the value and importance of educating women has not been adequately recognised. As the cost of education has shifted from the State to the household, there is now even greater emphasis on the education of boys over girls, if the fees are at all affordable. We need to do something and very soon of course. If nothing is done, then women will continue to work for longer hours, be discriminated upon, and the manís centered approach of our society against women will continue unchecked.

We are now diversifying activities for women so as to enable them acquire basic skills such as type writing, handicraft, business  management, computer literacy, etc., in addition to farming activities and petty trading, to help to raise additional incomes for households.