A sewing machine. An education. And the possibility of a future and a new life.
Sisters International has implemented a number of sewing courses for women in India. The first sewing school in 2012-2013 was a success. 22 women graduated and after the course they received their certificates and a brand new sewing machine as a graduation present. This gave them the opportunity to start working right away with their new education.
"To have the opportunity to attend this program gives me a hope of work - and I can see a brighter future," says Tamil, 21 years old. She alone has taken care of her little brother since both parents died when they were 4 and 8 years old and ended up on the street together. She dreams of getting a job as a seamstress, or even better; have the opportunity to start a small business and sew clothes for the people back home in the village where she lives - and even then earn money for livelihood for herself and her brother. The sewing school that Sisters International finances means her dream can become a reality.
Several villages are now wanting to have a sewing school in their area. Sisters International implements these sewing schools together with the local organization EWM led by John and Catherine Raijah. EWM runs an orphanage and a school, and together with the Sisters International started the women's home Naomi Sisters Home.
For those of you who want to sponsor another sewing training: The cost of one year of education including teachers is SEK 55 000 ($6500).
For more information, contact ...
Marie Arnfjell - Chairman, Sisters International
Gitten Thornberg - Board member, Sisters International