Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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happy trainees demos dress
happy trainees demos dress

It's with joy that we share another report with photos where trainees show off a number of the styles that they have sewn. The completed dresses / outfits demonstrate that they have been successful in learning and applying skills.  This is true evidence of progress! You can see the happiness and looks of accomplishment in their faces. 

View sewing styles display - completed items


The ladies are very excited about the skills they are developing.  People within the community have started given trainees small sewing contracts.  These sewing jobs are helping them to raise money to meet some domestic needs. This is excellent and they are already reaping the benefits

You helped make this happen and we are deeply grateful to you for your kind supportYOU are helping to bring about skill development and true progress.  What better feeling than that of helping someone improve them self and learn a livelihood!  The support that we have been providing is helping to compensate the four tutors and provide the training materials / equipment needed.

Your support has made the difference and exception for these women.  You shared love through your donation.  You made this happen!  Thanks so much for helping to bring a brighter future to these deserving ladies!

We welcome your on-going support that will support further training.  We would like to purchase a Singer professional machine costing $650.  This will aid the ladies in further improving their skills.  Could you help us purchase this by making a special donation today of $25.00 or more?  The ladies will be thrilled and so appreciative.  Thanks for your support!

 

 

Group of trainees holding completed items
Group of trainees holding completed items
On the runway - well ... almost
On the runway - well ... almost
Yes - all by myself!
Yes - all by myself!

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Gara-Tie-Dyeing - in action
Gara-Tie-Dyeing - in action

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 business

We 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. 

Progress with Gara-Tie-Dyeing
Progress with Gara-Tie-Dyeing
Dye time!
Dye time!
bright and beautiful!
bright and beautiful!
Amazing color
Amazing color
end product - beautiful Gara
end product - beautiful Gara

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Bintu - Trainee at the tailoring school
Bintu - Trainee at the tailoring school

Need some good news to brighten your day? Here it is!

We are delighted to share with you a video from the tailoring trainees that we together support at Develop Africa Empowerment and training Institute at Door of Hope in Sierra Leone.  This video shows you the trainees sewing and showing beautiful, custom-styled, dresses that they have sewed.  They also say a big “thank you” to you for your support.

You will notice in this video that some of them said they were idle doing nothing.  This is a huge impact that we have made together - bringing hope, purpose, skill-learning and the opportunity for them to enhance themselves and earn a living.  What better way to invest in people - than to equip them with skills and empower them to earn a living!  This is worth shouting about - priceless and we are so grateful for your support!

In other news, Dr. Jasmine Renner, Develop Africa's Director of Development and international Outreaches, made a visit was to the made to the Institute in July and met the trainees. She gave a brief talk to the vocational skills training students, children of Door of Hope, teachers and staff. She encouraged them to be diligent in their business, to think creatively and to press to new heights of excellence in vocational and skills training.  The Training Center at Door of Hope is a multi-purpose building / facility which on completion will include a vocational skills training school, a computer lab and other relevant facilities.

Bonus Day - October: October 17th - is the LAST Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor, per project.  We welcome your support now and then - helping us bring hope and empowerment to many, many more trainees.

We appreciate you so much for your support - more than you would realize!

Jasmine with trainees
Jasmine with trainees
You are terrific - thanks for your support!
You are terrific - thanks for your support!

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Hard at work - tailoring trainees
Hard at work - tailoring trainees

We are delighted to share a progress / success story: The tailoring training has been effective and the trainees can now sew some styles as shown in the included photos and those available on Flickr.   The trainees started with 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.  It's encouraging to see the work they have done and the warm smiles on their faces - and you helped make this happen!  See photos on Flickr.

Here are a few sentences from a report filed by Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope:

"We want you to know that your support have given hope to people and has impacted a lot of lives in diverse ways.  We hope that more people will continue to support your effort to make the world a better place. I join the people in the Wellington community to say "thanks a million times"."

As you can see from some of the photos, the building is incomplete and we would appreciate your best donation today to help us complete it. This would help us expand the work even further - providing more opportunities for training in Hair Dressing, Gara tie dying, and Catering

Upcoming Father's Day Gift Suggestion: In closing, we wanted to let you know of the on-going opportunity to make a donation in honor of the special person in your life.  A donation to this project is a fantastic (and easy) gift for Dad on Father’s Day!  You can make a donation as a gift to your Dad on this project by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will then send your Dad or the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GlobalGiving offers several fun card designs and you will have the option of choosing a design customized for this project, using the project’s main photo (this option is available for email and print-at-home cards).

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Make your donation in Father's honor and support a great cause today!

Thanks again for all you do to help provide vocational training!

I did that all by myself!
I did that all by myself!
Isn
Isn't this beautiful?
Your support made me smile and this possible!
Your support made me smile and this possible!
under construction
under construction
unfinished room
unfinished room

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Plastering and roofing of building
Plastering and roofing of building

Warm greetings

A couple project reports back, we reported that a new building was being constructed to house the ladies at Door of Hope training institute.  We are happy to report that the building is almost complete and the ladies have already started using the building. 

This is great news and we are very happy for the progress as this provides a great foundation and learning environment.  This provides stability and room for growth.  Previously, the ladies had been cramped in a small room and were actually holding classes outside under a tree - exposed to the elements.  Thanks to the support from one of our partners, the ladies additionally have 10 new sewing machines.  Our ladies are overwhelmed with joy. 

Overall the progress in the past months has been tremendous and we are deeply grateful for your involvement that has helped us get there.  Without your support, this would not have been possible.

If you ever have plans to visit Sierra Leone, you are more than welcome to stop by and meet the smiling ladies at this training institute. We would be so happy to receive you.

Our future plans include purchasing additional sewing machines like those pictured.  Should you have access to sewing machines like these, we would love to receive them.  If you do not have access to sewing machines like these, please help us purchase one by making a donation today.

best wishes

Happy ladies in new building with new machines
Happy ladies in new building with new machines
One happy recipient
One happy recipient
 

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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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