In the spring of 2006, David and Charlotte Hamblin were assigned by the LDS Church to travel to Africa and look for ways to help the people in Mozambique. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa and neglected by many organizations due to political instability. However, the Hamblins were moved by the amazing people and their need. After spending 7 years doing several different projects in agriculture, the Hamblins saw a need to help women get a better education and technical skills. Women and girls in Mozambique were not treated the same as men and most of the them did not make it past the 8th grade. The women had a great desire to improve their economical situation, but lacked the right skills to do so.
In 2013, the Hamblins teamed up with Weber State to build the Boane Women’s Center. The center was a place of refuge for the women where they could come, learn and apply their new skills to change their life. The center now offers cooking, sewing, literacy, English and computer training and entrepreneurship courses. It is also responsible for sponsoring and working with 120 girls from three different schools. The sponsorship program helps pay for girls school fees, backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, and an additional 3 hours a day of English immersion and computer training. The girls in the program have an 80% graduation rate which is significantly higher than the national average.
The Boane Women’s Center has become a great place of refuge and hope for the women in the surrounding areas. The Center has seen great success in the people that have come through the programs. Many people have gained employment and started successful businesses through the courses their new skills obtained. Our vision is a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed financially through hard work, honesty and the entrepreneurial spirit. The Boane Women’s Center is helping that vision become a reality.