Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp

by Transforming Community for Social Change
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
Women's Sewing Project in Kakuma Refugee Camp
New male student
New male student

 

             The Kakuma women refugee sewing project that was initiated 3years ago has for the first time allowed male students who would like to learn basic sewing skills enrolled in this year’s class, the move has come after men showed interests of joining the free classes, the volunteer teacher sighted reason of bringing in men as abroad move on inclusivity and empowering both genders. “Men are also very creative and innovative, we want to close the gap of previous challenges we have faced as women, when it comes to repair and servicing of our sewing machines, the new strength will play a key role in our project, we are hoping by the end of the training these men will be of great support”.

               For many years sewing in this context was perceived to be the work of women, we intent to break the barriers of male chauvinism. “We are joining men here and around the world to stamp out chauvinism, we are not ashamed by the stereotype created by perception that has classified and divided men and women when it comes to work, skills and responsibilities. As refugees we want to learn these skills so that we can support our families and nature our talent”

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picture of new sewing students
picture of new sewing students
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Experienced tailors one wearing homemade mask
Experienced tailors one wearing homemade mask

We the women from the Kakuma refugee camp wish to sincerely thank all our partners and donors who have stood with us for the last three years, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your unselfish contributions to our sewing project, your continues support has been the backbone of our dream in the lives of many women in the camp. Today more than one hundred and thirty two refuges have benefited from the project, we had a break due to the just concluded elections in Kenya, we are hoping to embarked in enrolling new students for our next class, having only 20 sewing machines shared by both students and experienced tailors for income generation it has been a challenge, we are hoping in the near future to secure more machines to enable students learn while experienced tailors to focus on our bigger dream of income generating to sustain our families. We are very blessed to have you and your family, thank you again for your generous support.  

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women team of self-reliance
women team of self-reliance

We at Transforming Communities for Social Change would appreciate contributions to support the sewing project of women refugees in Kakuma refugee camp.

This year women in the camp would like to establish a centre that will help train women in both Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement scheme. A self-reliance model for refugees that was established by UNHCR, will be complimented with our tailoring project that is helping to create a self –reliance that meets the essential need in a sustainable manner that strengthens livelihoods and resilience which reduces dependence on humanitarian aid. Women are focused in expanding there tailoring experience they getting from the sewing project to uplift their livelihood in the camp. As an organization we are reaching out to our family and friends around the world to help their dream come true. We are hoping to achieve the social and ecominic ability of refugees in the longterm.

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Student of 2022 class of sewing
Student of 2022 class of sewing

 

Happy new year to all that have stood with us since we wore that badge of being refugees. We wish to sincerely thank all who encouraged us to realize the strength, courage and victory that comes with that name.

You have put us closer to a world where every refugee has a safe place to live and is able to start anew, free from the threat of violence. The women remember the quotes you shared for every waking hour of the world refugee day. The twelve hours inspired us in a positive way.

 Our tailoring school at the camp is growing and with tremendous enrolment of new women from different nationalities. We have officially started talks with the camp manager to allocate us with a space to build a bigger school due to high demand.

 Currently the twenty sewing machines in our two training centres are not able to sustain the ballooning numbers of women who want to gain basic skills in sewing. Our two volunteer teachers have shown enthusiasm and zeal to help the refugees in the camp.

This year we have 4 South Sudanese 8 Congolese 2 Burundians and 1 Somali women who have started their six month training in Basic tailoring skills. We are looking for ways to sustain them putting in mind the students don’t pay to be trained. Our trainers depend on sales of new garments and repairing clothes. we truely hope this year will be an Industries year for refugee women.

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A refugee woman in sewing class
A refugee woman in sewing class

The people with the worst past can create the best of futures, women in the Kakuma refugee camp are striving against all odd to survive through sewing project that was initiated one year ago, over 30 women have gain basic skills in tailoring and are using the knowledge to make a living, the sewing project is hosted by Kakuma Refugee Friends church both in Kakuma 2 block 2 and Kalobeyey settlement.

Currently the sewing project has 15 students who will be graduating this year in December, the class has two sessions for morning and evening to enable students to have enough time for practical sessions, this week on Monday we had a meeting with seven women leaders to look into the progress of the project

“We have experienced food shortage in the camp, the ratio we get does not get us to the next distribution day, from the knowledge we learned in sewing we have been able to repair clothes, make new school uniforms and sell them, the money we get we buy food to supplement what we get from world food program.

In two months’ time a lot of refugee women and children make new clothes for Christmas celebrations, the profit we are making now, will help us buy new fabric that will enable us to make good designs of clothes for sell, the money we get will help us sustain the school, enrol more women and pay our teacher.

The current challenge is the class women are using is not cemented on the floor, when rains come women are unable to use the class due to flooding and mad, women also need one big working table to ease their work.

As an organisation we are working with donors supporting this project to enable us meet the need of sustaining the sewing project. We thank GlobalGiving for giving us platform that has enable reached this vulnerable community in the camp.

a student with zeal and her child on her back
a student with zeal and her child on her back
programs coordinating meeting the women in camp
programs coordinating meeting the women in camp
Program coordinator and the sewing project trainer
Program coordinator and the sewing project trainer
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