Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

 
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Tailoring trainee sews uniform
Tailoring trainee sews uniform

Dear Project Supporters

Since the last project report, this project has raised $91.00.  These funds were used to provide coal, thread, machine oil and other supplies used by the tailoring trainees at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute. This enabled them to sew the uniforms for our kids as they returned to school in April, post Ebola.  

In the photos, you can see the trainees sewing new uniforms and the kids displaying their new uniforms - made possible because of your support.

Given that uniforms are one of the reasons why kids are not able to attend school, we together removed a hurdle.  The kids are happily back in school - proudly wearing their new uniforms.

In the coming months, we plan to offer training in Tie and Dye.  This has been actively requested by the current batch of trainees.  We welcome your support today to make this a reality.  

With gratitude
The Develop Africa Team

trainee takes measurements
trainee takes measurements
Group of children with uniforms
Group of children with uniforms

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Hassanatu with her new uniform
Hassanatu with her new uniform

Did you know uniforms could restore confidence?

Did you realize that some children in Africa do not have confidence to go to school because they do not have uniforms?  

Well, this is what was happening in Hassantu's life.  Hassanatu needed a boost in confidence and her parents were not in a position financially to provide the needed uniforms.  Our kids need all the support that they can get in our turbulent, unstable society. 

Thanks to the training that you have supported, one of our trainees at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute sewed uniforms for Hassanatu.  In YouTube video, we see the trainee taking sewing measurements.  We also see her confidently setting off to school.  

Your support helped develop or cultivate the trainee's skill.  The trainee then put her skills to use and sewed the needed uniforms.  The shiny, new uniforms restored Hassanatu's confidence.  Your support yielded a double harvest!

Thanks to YOU, Hassanatu can now go to school and learn confidently.   Thanks for making the difference!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

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Sewing Project Process
Sewing Project Process

Amid the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Door of Hope and the trainees of the Develop Africa Empowerment Training Institute initiated a sewing project to raise monies to help children made orphans by Ebola and other family members who lost love ones to the disease.

This initiative came after a nurse who served as a volunteer at Door of Hope and Develop Africa in the Wellington community died from the Ebola virus. Her husband, brother and sister also died from the epidemic.

The project included sewing handbags and outfits for sale. Proceeds are being used to help provide food items - such as sardines, eggs, cheese, juice - and money to people in the community who lost family members to Ebola.

It is our hope that proceeds from the sale of these items will increase so that we can also provide assistance to help keep the children from families that have lost their bread winners in school.

Your support is being multiplied and is helping Ebola-affected families.  Thanks to your support, the trainees are using their skills to helping others and giving back.  Thanks so much for your support - that helped to make this possible.

Modeling Handbag Produced
Modeling Handbag Produced
Modeling Dress with Matching Handbag
Modeling Dress with Matching Handbag
Models in Dresses and Handbags Produced
Models in Dresses and Handbags Produced
Mariama sews her special dress
Mariama sews her special dress

It's been an amazing year of progress.  Over the past year, the Tailoring school at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute has provided Tailoring training for over 18 trainees.  The topics covered include the following styles: Midi, Blouse and Skirt, Print, Float, Tuntorlah, Yoruba style, Sleeveless, Shirts and Pants.

Productivity, Growth and No More Idleness: Thanks to your support, as a result of the training received, the ladies no longer pay someone else to sew clothes for their children, themselves and their husbands. They are no longer idle.  They have started obtaining small tailoring jobs – that help in providing for the home.  

Thanks to your support, Mariama, one of the trainees, is now an expert tailor.  At video link below Mariama tells her story.  Her husband lost his job and Mariama was not able to continue her apprenticeship. She needed help and we together came to her aid. This footage captures her tailoring skills and her Instructor's gratitude to YOU.  Thanks to your support, she is well on her way and self-sufficient.

Watch the video and see Marama's completed dress

Thanks so much for helping to make a huge difference in Mariama's life.

Mariama cuts fabric for dress
Mariama cuts fabric for dress
Mariama
Mariama

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Belts and hat
Belts and hat

Do you know what is super heart-warming?  When you see people give out their need?

This is exactly what the ladies at the
 Tailoring school at Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute have done.  Last year, they embarked on a Caps and Belts Project.  The ladies at the institute sewed 200 caps and 200 belts to raise funds to feed less privileged children within the community and also to teach children and youth ‘Anger Management’ and a passion for living a dignified life.   You can see photos of some of the belts and caps included in this report and also here -  The caps and belts were made using a Kente-style design.  

Last Saturday, March 8th, was International Women's day - and we are delighted that you are supporting women in Africa.  Through your support, 6 ladies at our institute graduated in December.  There are 
currently 18 trainees and 2 tutors.  YOUR support makes it possible for us to provide the on-going training that they need.  Through your support, we are able to pay the tutors and purchase the sewing supplies that they use on a daily basis.  

What do you think of the venture?  Do you like the belts and hats? We would love to hear you thoughts.  Feel free to send us an email or post a comment on album with the photos on our Facebook page here.

It's also super heart-warming when YOU give towards this project.  We trust that you feel good inside when you make a gift - helping to bring real change.  We deeply appreciate your support.  It warms our hearts and means so much to us.  

In honor of International Women's Day - we invite you to give a gift of $25 that will help us continue to provide this training.  Join us in celebrating women worldwide and continuing to empower them.  Thanks so much for your support!

Ladies with belts and hats
Ladies with belts and hats
youths with belts and hats
youths with belts and hats
Kids too - with belts and caps
Kids too - with belts and caps
close-up view of belt
close-up view of belt
close-up view of hat
close-up view of hat

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Organization

Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Sylvester Renner

Founder
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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