This project provides training for 100 local vulnerable, and often traumatised, women, girls and boys to become tailors across two locations in Goma. Participants learn several different sewing techniques together with some marketing/business skills, training participants to become proficient all-round tailors who can either set up a small business or obtain a job in the sewing industry. Ten robust sewing machines will be purchased to add to the stock of machines, together with fabric. A secondary aim is to facilitate peace in a society still suffering from decades of civil unrest and ethnic conflict. This is our fourth sewing project with our partner to develop skills for gainful employment. DR Congo continues to be a very challenging environment.
Why support this:
We are impressed with our partner’s abilities and the desire to not just teach sewing, but to use it as a platform to spread peace. The requirement that each student contribute a small fee to demonstrate commitment to the course adds buy-in. We appreciate the focus on women who need to earn a better living and we value the fact that there is a clear outcome for the students – different pathways into income generation and a better life. We also appreciate the benefits from the camaraderie and support mechanisms that develop over the year.
Total budget required: $22,500. This covers the cost of supplies and equipment including some fabric, rent for the classrooms, teachers and security, and maintenance. Students will contribute some fabric towards the course as a means of making a contribution.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is suffering terribly from the aftermath of civil war, where horrendous atrocities occurred, infrastructure was damaged, and services remain limited. The war was brutal with rape a common warfare tactic, and gender-based violence continues. The program is aimed at women (and some men) who have been particularly impacted by the war. Some have been victims of rape or family breakdown or are widowed or orphaned. Illiteracy and unemployment is high and many drop out of school early or end up in early marriage.
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