Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Oct 8, 2013

Exam Day - The Proof of Learning is in The Sewing - Thanks For Your Support

learning steadily...
learning steadily...

Every 3 months, the ladies at the Tailoring School, that we support together, take a practical exam.  During this exam, they are asked to sew a specific, varying style that appropriately tests their skills.

This time around, the trainees were asked to sew sleeveless outfit with draw thread. In the photos, 8 of them are wearing what they sewed during the exam. Two of them are wearing a traditional style called "Tontohlah" (L-R 3rd and fourth standing). They ladies were so excited when they were doing the exams as this was just before a special holiday in Sierra Leone. They knew they would be able to use the outfits sewn on the special holiday.

The proof of learning is in the sewing!  As you can see the ladies excelled with beautiful styles sewn from the colorful local cotton fabric. 

The ladies extend their enthusiastic thanks to youas you help support their training.  Your donations help to pay staff salaries and provide training materials such as cloth, thread, coal for the coal iron etc.  YOUR support provides the essential, foundational support  - without which the ladies would not receive the training.  

Thanks for being there and making a difference!  

As the school forges ahead, we have been facing constraints and we need your help. Joshua, the Director of the school, has reported that the several of the sewing machines need repairs. We also need additional machines to sew other styles especially planting / designing / embroidery.  

We need to do the sewing machine repairs in the next month or so. Your donation of $50 today would take care of these repairs.  Can you make your best donation today towards this?   We would also love to purchase 2 new machines.  Can you help provide 1 Professional Singer machine?  Your donation of $650 will make this happen.  This would make the ladies jump for joy! 

Thanks for bringing cheer and joy!


Tailoring Trainee
Tailoring Trainee
group photo with items sewn
group photo with items sewn



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Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
Johnson City, Tennessee United States