We are now able to report that AIL has accumulated sufficient funds to buy sewing machines in quantity. Thanks to your generous support, staff are replacing worn out old machines and at some centers adding more machines to increase capacity. Four centers will benefit from the latest purchases. Staff will continue to respond to the need for machines as they arise and change allocations if needed.
The plan being implemented is for one Learning Center to receive 10 machines to replace its worn out stock and for another 30 new machines to go to two centers as replacements and to increase capacity. So far 2 machines have gone to one center and 13 to one of AIL’s largest centers (12 regular sewing machines and 1 zigzag machine). The zigzag machine will be used to teach another method of stitching which is used to prevent fraying and for reinforcement, as well as for decorative purposes.
Learning to sew can be life changing for students. One of students from literacy and sewing class said: ”My name is Aziza . I have a lot of problems in my life as my parents are dead and I was illiterate. I never thought that I could not be educated but from the day that I joined this learning center I started learning. Now I can read and write and I am also sewing clothes and I can earn money doing that. So I thank the AIL organization for providing us these opportunities.”
Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning and its effort to purchase sewing machines for our sewing classes. AIL's classes use machines that the staff are able to repair as necessary to extend the life of those machines. Unfortunately, a number of these well used sewing machines have come to the end of their useful life, but thanks to you we will be able to replace them with new ones!
These classes are really popular as they are a way for women to learn a skill both useful in their family life but also as a means to earn an income.
Here is a typical story from Zahra, “Before coming to the center I was broke and hopeless since we had no job or income in our family and I could not do anything. I joined the sewing and literacy classes and now after 6 months of the sewing course I have my own business. I work at the center and I work at home sewing. I am almost the only breadwinner in the family. I do other people’s work for them and get paid! Coming to the center, learning skills changed my life.”
The staff in Afghanistan have decided to wait until they have raised some more money before buying new machines. As soon as the funds are in place the machines will been purchased and we will let you know!
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