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 dressThanks so much for helping to make a huge difference in Mariama's life.
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!
Every 3 months, the ladies at the Tailoring School, that we support together, take a practical exam. During this exam, they are asked to sew a specific, varying style that appropriately tests their skills.This time around, the trainees were asked to sew sleeveless outfit with draw thread. In the photos, 8 of them are wearing what they sewed during the exam. Two of them are wearing a traditional style called "Tontohlah" (L-R 3rd and fourth standing). They ladies were so excited when they were doing the exams as this was just before a special holiday in Sierra Leone. They knew they would be able to use the outfits sewn on the special holiday.The proof of learning is in the sewing! As you can see the ladies excelled with beautiful styles sewn from the colorful local cotton fabric. The ladies extend their enthusiastic thanks to you - as you help support their training. Your donations help to pay staff salaries and provide training materials such as cloth, thread, coal for the coal iron etc. YOUR support provides the essential, foundational support - without which the ladies would not receive the training. Thanks for being there and making a difference!
As the school forges ahead, we have been facing constraints and we need your help. Joshua, the Director of the school, has reported that the several of the sewing machines need repairs. We also need additional machines to sew other styles especially planting / designing / embroidery.
We need to do the sewing machine repairs in the next month or so. Your donation of $50 today would take care of these repairs. Can you make your best donation today towards this? We would also love to purchase 2 new machines. Can you help provide 1 Professional Singer machine? Your donation of $650 will make this happen. This would make the ladies jump for joy! Thanks for bringing cheer and joy!
It's with joy that we share another report with photos where trainees show off a number of the styles that they have sewn. The completed dresses / outfits demonstrate that they have been successful in learning and applying skills. This is true evidence of progress! You can see the happiness and looks of accomplishment in their faces. View sewing styles display - completed items The ladies are very excited about the skills they are developing. People within the community have started given trainees small sewing contracts. These sewing jobs are helping them to raise money to meet some domestic needs. This is excellent and they are already reaping the benefits You helped make this happen and we are deeply grateful to you for your kind support. YOU are helping to bring about skill development and true progress. What better feeling than that of helping someone improve them self and learn a livelihood! The support that we have been providing is helping to compensate the four tutors and provide the training materials / equipment needed. Your support has made the difference and exception for these women. You shared love through your donation. You made this happen! Thanks so much for helping to bring a brighter future to these deserving ladies! We welcome your on-going support that will support further training. We would like to purchase a Singer professional machine costing $650. This will aid the ladies in further improving their skills. Could you help us purchase this by making a special donation today of $25.00 or more? The ladies will be thrilled and so appreciative. Thanks for your support!
Almost two years ago we started this institute and the impact is ever shining in the lives of the women at the Upper Beccle Street, Mellon Street and other hilly areas in the Wellington community. The Develop Africa Empowerment Training Center is now offering training in tailoring and Gara-tie-dyeing. Training has been effective as the trainees can now sew some styles from catalog. Baby Dress Making, Straight Skirt, Trousers, fitting with round skirt, Midi with satin in front, Balloon style with six pieces skirt, including cluster draw thread Midi are still done by the new trainees. The number of trainees has increased to twenty seven due to the introduction of the Gara-tie-dye. The trainees are multi-skilled with knowledge in tailoring and Gara-tie-dyeing. This will help them to start their own clothing business once they have completed their training. The first set of trainees will be graduating this December. Some of the women that have been trained are now sewing clothes for their families. As one of the women put it, “If I can sew your shirt well, why not save the money you want to give other tailors and use this to help feed the home?”We are currently in the process of finishing four additional rooms that will house the Tailoring Institute and also eventually incorporate other life skills training such as Hair Dressing, Gara tie dying, Catering and Computer Studies, Business Management, Basic Computer Training and Adult Literacy. The building is at its completion stage. The floors in all the rooms have been tiled, the ceiling in the entire building have been completed.Your support has provided a life-line to the married women, drop out girls and other ladies that have embraced this change. They know have the confidence that their future is going to be bright. Thanks so much for your on-going support.Here are our goals for this year - 2013
1) Finish construction of the building. 2) Increase incentives given to the teachers need to be increased.3) Provide sewing kits for fifteen trainees that will graduate this December. This will help them start their own businessWe estimate that we will need about $16,000 to acomplish the above goals and would deeply appreciate your support. We welcome your support and donation today as we make the future bright for these deserving women.
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