Help Us Combat Extreme Poverty!
Getting involved is easy and we’d love your ongoing support.
Step #1 - Download The Purse Pattern & Make Purses
Scroll down this page and download the Cross Body Purse pattern and begin making purses. It is a printable PDF file so you can begin using the pattern right now. Make as few or as many purses as you’d like. Take your time and make them as nice as possible. We want quality purses! To learn more about how these purses create academic achievement in Zambia be sure to watch our videos and learn about the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management. The girls like cute and colorful purses. If you need help with the pattern be sure to watch our free sew-along training video.
Step #2 - Download The Note CardDownload the message card and include a kind greeting in your purse. Write something special to the girl who will receive your work. Maybe a poem, scripture verse, prayer, or word of encouragement.
Step #3 - Spread The Word On Social Media
Share this project on Facebook, Tumblr, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and yes – even in actual conversations! Follow our Facebook Page and join our Facebook Group. Get excited and show you care about keeping girls in school by telling everyone they need to get onboard with the program and sew some purses!
Step #4 - Mail The Purses To Us By The Priority Deadline Date (February 1st or October 1st)
Be sure to finish your purses and mail them to us by our priority deadline dates. Our priority deadlines each year are February 1st and October 1st. Mailing the purses by the priority date will help ensure they get to the girls in a timely manner. Of course we are happy to receive them all year long if you miss the priority deadline.
Step #5 - Give $5 For Each Purse You Make To Cover Shipping & MHM Supplies (Optional But Greatly Needed)
It costs us about $5 to ship the purse you make to Zambia and have the Sewing Cooperative there fill the purse with all the supplies the girl needs. So we’d love your financial support. Give your gift now. (Note – please don’t put money or any gifts in the purses it causes all sorts of problems.)
The Sew Powerful Purse Story
Eleanor Roosevelt Once Said, “Start Where You Are, Do What You Can, Use What You Have” … it will be sew powerful!
Send Your Completed Purses To:
C/O Cally Leighton
16640 SE Old Petrovitsky Rd, Renton, WA 98058
653 Toward Our Goal Of 3,000 Purses (As of April 28th)
- Can We Achieve 3,000 Purses in 2016? 750 is 25%, 1,500 is 50%, 2,250 is 75%. Where Are We Right Now… 22%
Get The Free Purse PDF Pattern
To get the purse pattern simply click the “Download Now” button and you’ll be asked to enter your email address and then confirm it in your email account. Once you confirm your email you will receive direct access to the pattern. Yes – we will also keep you updated on projects and share encouraging results. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you don’t see the email in your inbox please check your spam (or junk) folder!
Get The Note Card NowSimply click the “Download Now” button and get the note card. Print it out, write a word of encouragement, and include it inside your completed purse.
CAN A PURSE REALLY TRANSFORM A GIRL’S LIFE?
The purses you provide are used in local schools and clinics in Lusaka Zambia as part of Menstration Hygiene Management (MHM) programs. This simple gift – combined with re-usable sanitary pads and health information can make a tremendous difference in the lives of adolescent girls. Read about the amazing results of our 2014 Sew Powerful Purse Project here. Our ministry partners work hard to educate and inform the girls in their community so that they stay in school and grow in confidence and self-esteem. It really is sew powerful!
Education is the most effective investment socially and economically for a nation. Did you know:
- Girls in rural Africa generally stay home from school while they are on their period.
- It’s been documented they miss up to six weeks of school each year – a massive systematic disadvantage.
- ZanaAfrica has reported that providing sanitary pads and MHM training reduces absenteeism by 75%.
Girls in developing countries have a lack of materials, services, and facilities to help them manage their periods resulting in many school dropouts. Did you know:
- Girls that drop out of school before completing a secondary education have a 40% pregnancy rate.
- Educated women have 3.9 children on-average compared to 5.3 children for those who drop out.
- A Girl in secondary school is 4 times less likely to be HIV-positive than one who drops out.
Girls of all ages and in all countries deal with challenges to their self esteem. And in cases of extreme poverty the challenges are even more complex. Did you know:
- When a purse is used strategically as part of a MHM – it gives girls a new-found confidence.
- A purse is a simple item, but having a personal keepsake – something that you consider your private space – something that was a gift from a caring friend – can mean a lot to a young girl, empowering her to have higher self esteem.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I mail my completed purse in after October 1st?
Can I Donate A Purse I Make To A Local Girl In Need?
Can We Make Purses As A Group?
I Don’t Sew – How Else Can I Help?
I can sew, but not very well, is the pattern hard?
Can I just collect random purses and send them to you?
Can I Keep A Purse I Make?
Can I Sell The Purses I Make?
Can You Pay For Shipping?
I Live In Seattle – Can I Drop Off My Purses?
Can I send you a box of my leftover supplies?
Do I have to use a specific fabric for the purses?
Help Us Spread The Word!
Use The Hashtag #sewpowerfulpurse & Share Images Of Your Work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or just use the “Upload Your Photo” option below these examples!
Download And Share Our Flyer
Download this nice 1-page flyer and give copies to your church, community groups, teachers, Girl Scout troop leader, and even post copies at your local JoAnns Fabrics, or other local stores.
Have A Question?If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.
The Sew Powerful Purse Unboxing Party Live-Stream Replay
On Wednesday night November 11th we unboxed, counted, and prepped the 2015 Sew Powerful Purses. We received 1,619 purses! We did our best to give each purse maker a “shout out”. We want to thank everyone who participated in our Fall Priority Deadline. The next priority deadline is February 1st – so keep sewing! Finally, we invite you to give in support of our program. Join us and help enable the expansion of this program so we can reach more women and girls in Zambia.