Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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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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Tailoring Trainee
Tailoring Trainee

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank YOU for helping the Develop Africa Empowerment Training Institute (DAETI) to continue its operations.

This period has been the most challenging since we started this Institution. Due to the hardship brought by Ebola, ten of the trainees left to petty trade to help provide food for their family members. That had a serious effect in the attendance and moral of those that remain.

We are still awaiting eight of them to return. According to reports received by hearsay they said, “We have been training for the past three years and have not receive any machines as a startup kit to help us become self-reliant.”

Despite the rains, the trainees are desperate to learn. So, they are making their way here every morning except on Sundays. The tutors are working very hard to help train these youths.

The project participants received training in the following Tailoring topics:

1) Midi
2) Blouse and Skirt
3) Prin
4) Float
5) Tuntorlah
6) Yoruba style
7) Sleeveless
8) Shirt
9) Men Shirt
10) Trousers

Since our last report, we experienced the following developments:

Five new girls have joined the Institute - ages fourteen to eighteen years. Among them is a fourteen year old pregnant girl name Susan. They are doing very well.

A few of the machines were repaired to increase the number of working machines for trainees.

Four of the fourteen machines are no longer working and two of them need repairs. This is causing a serious problem as some of the trainees have to wait until a machine is idle for them to have their turn.

There is need for a designing machine to help raise the quality of clothes made by the Institute for sale to compete with other clothes made elsewhere.

One of the biggest challenges facing the regular trainees is money to buy food during lunch time. Their relatives only provide one daily meal later in the day.

We need YOUR continued support to help make the following improvements for the Institute's beneficiaries:

Since the majority of the trainees are girls, provision of lunch for them will help increase their participation and concentration.

Buying new machines and repairing the old ones will help to encourage more youth to come as this will increase the number of machines available for use.

It will be ideal to provide machines as a startup kit for those that have been trained over two years. This will increase the number of trainees in the short term.

Thank YOU so much for YOUR continued support.

On behalf of the trainees, tutors, members of the community and members of Door of Hope, we want to express our heart felt gratitude to all for helping to change lives in Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

Tailoring Trainees
Tailoring Trainees
Tailoring
Tailoring
Tailoring instruction
Tailoring instruction
Tailoring beneficiary
Tailoring beneficiary
Tailoring student
Tailoring student
Tailoring project participant
Tailoring project participant
Tailoring project recipient
Tailoring project recipient
Training Institute
Training Institute
 

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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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