The 2018 Sewing Trainee Graduation
Join us for a fun hour of singing and dancing, testimonies, and prayer as we celebrate with the trainees of the Sew Powerful Sewing Cooperative. On March 9th, they graduated from the the program.
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About The Graduation Event
We are so excited to announce that our latest group of sewing trainees have completed six months of intensive sewing training. We threw them a graduation party on May 9th and we’d love to invite you to watch the replay!
These ladies have worked hard to learn new skills, prepare for careers as seamstresses, and for many of them, this is the biggest educational accomplishment of their lives! They are filled with hope and the promise of a better tomorrow. We are honored to play a small part in what God is doing in their lives – it really is Sew Powerful.
We are thrilled to announce that we reached our campaign goal to add the trainees to the sewing cooperative. Adding them to the team gives us 20 paid seamstresses. It also gives us the capacity to make 900 more reusable hygiene pads a month, (10,800 a year) which will allow us to help 5,000 girls to stay in school.
It’s Not Too Late To Donate: It’s not too late to support the campaign. Your monthly pledge of $19, $29, or $49 will help us fully fund the program for the long-term. Give Today. Sew Powerful’s overhead rate was less than 4% in the most recent accounting year – and we are committed to extreme frugality!
Meet The Seamstresses
Hi, my name is Alice Moyo, I am 22 years old, and a mother to 1 child, a baby girl, who is 1 year four months old. I had my baby when I was at school due to peer pressure. I am the fourth born in the family of five. I completed grade 12 in 2016. Unfortunately couldn’t go to any training due to lack of finances. I wanted to do early childhood training upon completing my education, because I like interacting with children. My father is a driver for a small Organization, and my mother is working as a house maid. My hobbies are reading, listening to music, going to church and sewing. I’m so grateful for this opportunity.
Hello, my name is Brenda Phiri. I am 23 years old. Married with one child, I didn’t finish my education because of lack of financial support. My mother died when I was in my tenth grade, and I am the first born in the family of five. My father is around, but has no resources. I was forced into an early marriage because I had no one to support me or my siblings. So getting married was a way to help me and my siblings. Right now I am taking care of my two siblings. One sibling is in school at Needs Care, and the other one is just at home. My baby is one year old and has cerebral palsy. She can’t sit or stand on her own. It’s quiet a challenging situation. My hobbies are sewing, singing, cooking, watching T.V and traveling. I am so happy to have been enrolled in the sewing program as a seamstress. This has become like my family and I feel very much at home being here.
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Mwela, first born in a family of eight, and 24 years old. I am happy to say that I am a Needs Care pupil/student graduate. I started in the first grade at Needs Care School, went to high school for five years, and it is so great for me that I am back again, but now as a Seamstress trainee. For this I owe my life to Needs Care. I am so proud to be here. I have wanted to be a teacher by professional, as I like interacting with children so much, but because of lack of money, I am unable to do so. But I thank God that I have joined as a seamstress – meaning I will still be interacting with people a lot. My hobbies are reading, singing, dancing, sewing & designing.
Hello, my name is Fredah Thole. I am 21 years old, fifth born in the family of nine. I am a Christian believer with the Pentecostal church. I have two children from an early marriage, I ran away from home due to peer pressure and when I was in grade nine and got married. We were staying at my in-laws place, as my husband by then was not working, he was a student too. Two years ago my marriage ended and I went back to my parents because I so much wanted to go back to school and so I apologized to them. I am so grateful that they took me back with my two children. I started working as a house maid because I had a duty to fend for my children and luckily as a parent to a child at Needs Care, I was invited to enroll in the sewing training. I am so grateful to be part of this project. My hobbies are sewing, singing gospel music, dancing and interacting with different types of people.
Hello, my name is Getrude Kampamba. I am married with three children, I am 33 years old. I finished my grade twelve in my village in 2005, but didn’t do well with my results. I got married in 2006 then came to Lusaka. My husband is working as a driver and his income isn’t enough to meet most of our basic needs in the household. Life has not been easy on our side as a family. My hobbies are Cooking, singing, acting some plays, Knitting and sewing, as I like designing things.
Hi, my name is Mary Chiunda. I am 20 years old. The second born in a family of seven, staying with my aunt. I went up to my ninth grade. I am a believer in Christ. I so much wanted to be a Doctor, unfortunately I am a very slow leaner, that I failed to accomplish my desire. I have written my ninth grade examination four times, all in vain, and for this I could not go to the tenth grade without proper qualification. This is why I thought of going for my second option in life which is tailoring. I like sewing so much, because I like fashion a lot and this is why I joined this wonderful Sew Powerful group. My hobbies are sewing, watching movies, cooking, washing clothes, ironing, and going to church.
- Gift: Sign up at this level and receive a paperback copy of We Are Sew Powerful.
- Gift: Sign up at this level and receive a paperback copy of We Are Sew Powerful and the Purse Makers Journal as our special thank you gift.
- Gift: Sign up at this level and receive our special Fall 2017 Thank-You gifts including a handmade clutch, notebook, pin cushion, copy of We Are Sew Powerful, measuring tape, African print fat quarter, measuring tape and cute stone animal.