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.
Need some good news to brighten your day? Here it is!
We are delighted to share with you a video from the tailoring trainees that we together support at Develop Africa Empowerment and training Institute at Door of Hope in Sierra Leone. This video shows you the trainees sewing and showing beautiful, custom-styled, dresses that they have sewed. They also say a big “thank you” to you for your support. You will notice in this video that some of them said they were idle doing nothing. This is a huge impact that we have made together - bringing hope, purpose, skill-learning and the opportunity for them to enhance themselves and earn a living. What better way to invest in people - than to equip them with skills and empower them to earn a living! This is worth shouting about - priceless and we are so grateful for your support! In other news, Dr. Jasmine Renner, Develop Africa's Director of Development and international Outreaches, made a visit was to the made to the Institute in July and met the trainees. She gave a brief talk to the vocational skills training students, children of Door of Hope, teachers and staff. She encouraged them to be diligent in their business, to think creatively and to press to new heights of excellence in vocational and skills training. The Training Center at Door of Hope is a multi-purpose building / facility which on completion will include a vocational skills training school, a computer lab and other relevant facilities. Bonus Day - October: October 17th - is the LAST Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. We welcome your support now and then - helping us bring hope and empowerment to many, many more trainees. We appreciate you so much for your support - more than you would realize!
We are delighted to share a progress / success story: The tailoring training has been effective and the trainees can now sew some styles as shown in the included photos and those available on Flickr. The trainees started with 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. It's encouraging to see the work they have done and the warm smiles on their faces - and you helped make this happen! See photos on Flickr.Here are a few sentences from a report filed by Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope:
"We want you to know that your support have given hope to people and has impacted a lot of lives in diverse ways. We hope that more people will continue to support your effort to make the world a better place. I join the people in the Wellington community to say "thanks a million times"."As you can see from some of the photos, the building is incomplete and we would appreciate your best donation today to help us complete it. This would help us expand the work even further - providing more opportunities for training in Hair Dressing, Gara tie dying, and Catering Upcoming Father's Day Gift Suggestion: In closing, we wanted to let you know of the on-going opportunity to make a donation in honor of the special person in your life. A donation to this project is a fantastic (and easy) gift for Dad on Father’s Day! You can make a donation as a gift to your Dad on this project by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will then send your Dad or the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GlobalGiving offers several fun card designs and you will have the option of choosing a design customized for this project, using the project’s main photo (this option is available for email and print-at-home cards).Fathers - you can also request this as your Father's day gift!Make your donation in Father's honor and support a great cause today! Thanks again for all you do to help provide vocational training!
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