Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Tailoring Trainees with Cecelia in her new dress
Tailoring Trainees with Cecelia in her new dress

Dear Project Supporters,

Learning a new skill or even mastering an old skill is challenging, but thanks to your support, the tailoring trainees are working diligently on mastering tailoring.  The tailoring trainees were so excited to show what they have learned in class and put their lessons to good use.   Several of the trainees made Cecelia, one of the repeat visitors they like very much, an African dress.  In the pictures below, you can see Cecelia in her new dress posing with the tailoring trainees.

Joseph, the new Develop Africa Sierra Leone Program Officer, paid a visit to the school this week.  He reports that currently, there are eighteen to twenty (18-20) students who are still actively coming for training. Out of this number, four (4) of them are males and sixteen (16) are females”.

"One of beneficiaries I spoke with was Zainab R., a 22-year-old, suckling mother currently on training at the institute. Zainab narrates her experience as follows:

I made my way to this institute in May 2015 through a friend’s advice who had earlier been here and my coming here has actually been helpful.  I wasn’t doing anything prior to enrolment at the Hope Institute. I was only a frustrated and disappointed girl who had lost hope in society. I had always wished to be educated but my family then could not even afford to get a square meal a day - let alone to talk of sending me to school. I had no other means of livelihood but to go out asking for help from some of our good neighbors. I got pregnant for a man who was not even up to the task of adequately taking good care of me. Our daily survival as husband and wife has always been a problem.  But my coming to this institute has actually been a kind of respite to me” 

“With this hands-on skill that I am acquiring here, I have costumers who come in for repairs or alterations either on their clothes or their children’s uniforms in return for a very meager amount. Though as small as it could be in most cases, I do utilize such earnings to take care of my kid and my very self - whenever my jobless husband is not in the position to step in. I am very optimistic that after I may have finally completed this training, I could then be in the position to fully support my family and my husband” 

Thank you for every step you have helped us take to make a difference in the lives of the tailoring trainees that your generous support has helped!  Together we are creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults - helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency. Your support is truly making a difference! Thank you!

Joseph reports that the trainees are requesting support for graduation took kits that could be used to start a tailoring business.  We welcome your support today as we empower the trainees - enabling them to start their own businesses and become fully self-sufficient. 

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Cecelia showing her African dress
Cecelia showing her African dress
A Cross Section of  the Students and Joshua
A Cross Section of the Students and Joshua
Joseph, Program Officer Talking to Zainab
Joseph, Program Officer Talking to Zainab
Students on Training
Students on Training
Sylvester at tailoring school
Sylvester at tailoring school

Dear project supporters

In this report, we present a summary of Sylvester's visit to the tailoring school.

Sylvester returned last Friday (August 6th) from a 2 week visit to Sierra Leone.  While there, he visited the tailoring school that we support.  This school is located at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute, in Wellington, a suburb of Freetown.  

Sylvester had the opportunity to talk with the tutors and trainees. Alhaji (the head tutor) and trainees were very appreciative of the support we are providing.  They enthusiastically conveyed their deep appreciation to you for your on-going support.  

The centre, from Sylvester's evaluation, is successfully continuing to fulfill its mission of empowering the disadvantaged.  It provides training opportunities for those who are no longer going to school / have dropped out of school.  The school is fulfilling a vital role - enabling them to learn tailoring.  It is helping them to become self-reliant.

Mothers whose husbands are unable to take care of them, those idling around the community, vulnerable women, girls and boys that need help - are all benefitting from the training. 17 students are currently enrolled as follows:

  • 4 single parents
  • 6 school dropouts
  • 7 married women - whose husbands are unemployed

Sylvester had the opportunity to review procedures and make improvement recommendations.

The tutors and trainees requested for us to provide toolkits to graduates. A toolkit contains a sewing machine and accessories to start a tailoring business (such as scissors, coal iron, coal bag, tape measure, table etc.).  This would help graduates to start their own business. It would be wonderful if we could provide one for each graduate at a cost of $500.

Thanks for your kind assistance - empowering the disadvantaged in Freetown. We truly could NOT do this without you - we are deeply grateful for your support.

Cordially

The Develop Africa Team

Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Trainees at work
Trainees at work

Dear friends and project partners

The past 2-3 months have been months of intense practical sessions for the trainees -  especially so with the additional sewing machines that the trainees received - thanks to you and other GlobalGiving donors.  This brought new life and hope to the institute.

A total of 20 trainees (1 male, 4 married) are looking forward to completing their training shortly.  They look forward to helping support their homes through sewing for others / starting a tailoring business. 10 of them are single parents. Some of them are dependent relatives to deceased Ebola victims.

Passion: Following the arrival of new machines, the trainees are now spending more time in the institute.  At times they stay very late - as late as 10:00 pm.  Thanks to your support, that are excitedly making the best use of this opportunity.

Most of them now have received the required skills to start their own tailoring business. Today they have hope to keep their dreams alive.

Impact: The Institute has helped them learn how to sew – enabling them to sew outfits / clothes for themselves, their children and their relatives.  They have also obtained a belief in themselves that they can change their lives - if they work hard enough.  

Thanks so much for helping to provide the new machines - helping them develop new skills and consequently receive new life and hope.  This is what change is all about!

With appreciation, hope and excitement

The Develop Africa Team 

Busy day at tailoring school
Busy day at tailoring school
tailoring trainee eagerly learning
tailoring trainee eagerly learning
Trainee sewing with child in hand
Trainee sewing with child in hand
trainees show us items they have sewn
trainees show us items they have sewn

Dear partners and friends

Our trainees are steadily learning - thanks to YOUR support!  Your gracious support is helping to provide the supplies that they need.  Your support is also helping to pay instructors' salaries.  You are helping to make a huge difference in their lives.

The trainees are progressing and learning a wide range of sewing styles / techniques.  Over the past 6-8 weeks, they sewed uniforms for kids in the neighborhood.  We are so proud of the progress that our trainees are making.  You can see some photos of our trainees proudly showing some beautiful outfits - their creations

Through a microproject here on GlobalGiving, we were able to raise some of the needed funds to purchase several machines. These machines will be purchased and in use by the end of February.  We still need some more machines to meet the growing demand.  Please join us in purchasing more machines here.

Thanks so much for your on-going support

Cordially and with deep appreciation

The Develop Africa Team

colorful outfits
colorful outfits
variety of custom styles
variety of custom styles
beautiful cotton prints
beautiful cotton prints

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Alusine, an instructor at the tailoring school
Alusine, an instructor at the tailoring school

Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to YOU, we are making a difference for girls who have dropped out of school.

Alusine, an instructor at the tailoring school, said in this video...

"I want to say thanks to Develop Africa for providing sewing machines to help us with our jobs.

We have been able to bring together a number of dropouts from the community and encouraged them to practice tailoring in order to avoid teenage pregnancy because most of them are girls.

As the instructor, I am very proud of them. They now sew clothes for their mothers and for little children. They are very happy.

The only major problem is that - there are lots of girls out there who wants to join but we don't have enough machines for everyone.

We would really appreciate if you can help us with that.

There are lots of lots of girls who want to join but there are not enough machines for everyone. It is very difficult.

Now that we have electricity, we would really like to have a machine that designs the clothes."

A study by the United Nations Development Programme said that in Sierra Leone teenage pregnancy increased by 65% due to the socioeconomic condition imposed by Ebola. ~ How Ebola led to more teenage pregnancy in West Africa.

We at the tailoring school are helping to address the needs of these girls. YOUR continued support is greatly appreciated.


Best Regards,
Develop Africa team

Girls in tailoring school
Girls in tailoring school

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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