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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