Sewing machines for Sindhi teenage girls in Pakistan
The Big Idea
Our tailoring project will enable 50 Sindhi teenage girls to learn to sew. They will complete a 6-month apprenticeship and learn to make clothes to sell within their village and at market for a small, but vitally important income. Sindhi girls need to supplement income from working in the fields.
Sindhi girls are victimized and discriminated against in many ways. They suffer violence and indignity; their work in rural pakistan is limited to daily 'household' work - manual work in rice and cotton fields involving back-breaking, long hours under the hot sun - for very little pay. They desperately need an opportunity to earn money independently and our tailoring project would solve this problem by teaching skills that can be used to generate further income.
We want to provide 50 sindhi woman with sewing machines and a teacher. Once the women have learnt to sew, any income derived from making clothes will help to buy food for their family. At the same time it will give them self-respect as well as the opportunity to save money for the months during the year when there is no work available in the fields - typically 4 months per year. Sewing machines can be shared between 2 giving more sindhi women the opportunity to learn this skill.
Our project will give oppressed sindhi women greater financial independence. Also it will give them increased self-respect, as well as respect from others in their village, especially the men. In time, these women will pass on their sewing skills to their daughters and friends thus extending the benefits of this project to more sindhi families in need. Sindhi women work extremely well together as a group - they will support one another in future by sharing their machines.
There is a risk of not being able to secure the funding for all of the sewing machines.
Donors will be sent regular reports about the tailoring project via email, containing photographs and accounts from the sindhi women and girls who have benefitted from being taught how to sew. Project updates will also be posted regularly on our website www. ahdpak.org
Sewing Machine Distribution Ceremony Report
Venue: Slum areas of Sikandrabad & Karachi Chief Guest: Khurshid Bhatti , CEO AHD
The Project “Women skill development Training center” started Dec, 2011 collaboration with (Global Giving). The objective of this project was to support the women in the creation of economical and social boost by education and learning of skills.
The main activities in women skill development training center were: v Trainings for staff capacity building. v Cutting, sewing and sizing. v Making decoration pieces. v Stitching clothes. v Literacy classes for illiterate women. v Knitting, sewing, embroidery, fruit & food preservation, health & nutrition.
Project Area introduction.
Project area Consist of sikandrabad and karachi. People of the area are deprived from basic facilities like Shelter, safe drinking water, food, and medical treatment. Similarly women face worst situation and many problems especially financial problems. Due to male dominated society, women have no power or control over resources. Due to this project women will be able to earn for themselves in a better way after getting skill trainings.
AHD arranged a ceremony to distribute sewing machines amongst the deserving women.
The schedule was as under: ü Tilavat ü Naat ü Well Come Address ü Address of Khurshid Bhatti ü Address of ü Distribution of sewing machines ü Visit of Display center.
Proceeding of Ceremony:
The ceremony started with opening pray asked by Ms. Shazia Saleem,
Miss Sarina (Women Project Coordinator ) welcomed all honorable guests on behalf of AHD. She explained and gave detail of activities included in the project. She told that our objective was to support 120 women of this locality for economical and social boost by education and learning skills. She then invited Khurshid Bhatti, CEO AHD for sharing his views.
Address of Khurshid Bhatti
Mr. Khurshid BHatti appreciated the efforts of (partner/donor)for the people of Sikandrabad and karachi. He said that through AHD they are giving an opportunity to women of this locality of learning skills. This is very beneficial for a woman as well as this is a way towards development. He also added
Training of knitting, sewing, stitching and food Preserving to women, which is very helpful for these women themselves. At the end of his speech he thanked and appreciated (Donor name) for their valuable efforts to establish this center..
Bishop Irshad Khokher, thanked AHD for launching such types of projects for support of poor women. He requested to AHD that such types of activities should be continued and to be extended to some other backward areas of Tehsil Balakot. He said that AHD worked a lot and we should fully cooperate with AHD.
Thanks for the donation to this project, as we are reporting late, this is due to waiting more funds to start project activity in Sikandarbad area, women group waiting, as we will receive 1,500 US $ in this project, we will distribute sewing machines and then we will start the project in poor women group of Sikandarbad Kotri, district Hyderabad
Hope you all support this project to start soon sewing machines distribution and center for women
Waiting with thanks
Women sewing skill training center is being started by the training of some 7 women and some of them now making their own business by doing hand sewing or embroidery work at their household level.
Now AHD staff conducted meetings in women group and also visits women at household level to their sewing work going on by sewing center. Now by the provision of sewing machines they will be able to earn a higher amount for income generation. AHD staff conducted some 4 training of trainers for sewing skills promotion among women and still 6 trainings will be conducted in coming days along with distribution of 25 sewing machines.
We plan to provide sewing machines by next month and are waiting for some funds for the possible distribution plan.
Ms. Shamim Daniel
Sewing center incharge
Dear all donors, friends
The women of Sikandabad hari camp are waiting for the center opening, and we are waiting some funds from donors to start sewing center and distribuite sewing machines among poor women. in this regard 50% project funds needed
Hope you all, whoever finding this report, please shae your donation for poor women of hari camp that we at AHD will be able to start this project among the poor women belong to the minority in Hyderabad Pakistan.
Hope if we will find quick funds than we will be able to share women actvities and reports of the project soon, at present women working as a labor in nearby factories and get sick due to pollution and many poor families, their women and children having less food, shelter and access to basic needs of life. the women sewing center will bring a new hope among the women.
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