Building Fund

Help us Complete the Sew Powerful Community Center in Ngombe Compound, Lusaka, Zambia

Since 2013, the Needs Care School in Ngombe Compound, Lusaka, Zambia has been the home of The Sew Powerful Sewing Cooperative. In 2017, the Sew Powerful Soap Cooperative was added, also housed at the Needs Care School. The growth of these cooperatives has been a tremendous blessing, but we are hampered by one big issue – we are out of space.



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Together we can reach our goal of $125,000. Through the generosity of a lead-donor, we have an exciting $50,000 matching gift. So the impact of your gift is doubled.

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Learn More About This Project

Earlier this year we were able to purchase a piece of land adjacent to the Needs Care School. This land has been cleared and a protective wall built around it. That was phase one. We did that privately with the help of a few donors, but without a public announcement.

Phase two is about to begin – the construction of the Sew Powerful Vocational Training Center. The upper floor of this two-story building will be the new home of the sewing cooperative. This will provide greater workspace and allow us to expand the number of seamstresses in the cooperative. The bottom floor will serve as community center, meeting space for vocational training, and will also serve as the location of the women’s health clinic. In Phase two the Soap Cooperative will also get a dedicated facility in a nearby building.

Phase three of the project will provide the furniture, fixtures and other resources necessary to make the vocational training center and soap cooperative spaces fully functional. As a bonus, the relocation of the sewing cooperative will allow that current space in the school to be transformed into the Needs Care School Library.

We invite financial gifts of all sizes to help make this new community center and library a reality in Zambia. All donations are tax deductible. Our goal is to have the needed funds raised for all three phases by February 1, 2020.


Be a part of The Quilt of Joy for the Sew Powerful seamstresses in Zambia!

The brand-new community center will be the future home for the ladies of the Sew Powerful Sewing Cooperative. To help finish the funding for this project, and to send a beautiful message of love and support to our Zambian seamstresses, we are launching The Quilt of Joy.

We encourage you, our family of wonderful donors and seamstresses in the United States and around the world, to make a financial gift toward the completion of this community center project. We are looking for 144 donors to join us to make this quilt possible - Give today and let's make a beautiful gift for the new Sewing Center. When you do, we’d like you to send us a 6.5" X 6.5" quilt square of your own design, celebrating the fact that you are a part of the amazing transformation happening in Zambia. These squares will be stitched together into a beautiful quilt that will be presented to the ladies in Zambia and will hang in the sewing room of the new community center. Please include your name in the design of your quilt square.

The end date for the Quilt of Joy project is February 1, 2020. Won’t you please join us in helping to provide the new community center and sending just a little bit of yourself to the faithful seamstresses in Zambia.

You can make your donation online or by check. Please send your quilt squares to:

Sew Powerful
218 E. Main Street
Auburn, WA 98002


Project Updates

Follow along on our journey to create the new home of the Sew Powerful Sewing Cooperative.

Update Video 1: May 2019

Update Video 2: July 2019

Update Video 3: November 2019

Update Video 4: November 2019

Update Video 5: December 2019

Update Video 6: Quilt Of Joy Progress