Phase one is completed! Daughter Valerie and I visited “A Child’s Voice,” our partner in Kampala, Uganda to meet the women and celebrate their success. 12 women have invested time learning, practicing, and creating items for themselves or their children. Margaret’s skill demonstrates a knack for making garments that will sell. While learning to sew is the goal, these women have become friends who depend on each other for encouragement in the midst of their struggles. 9 year old Prossy holds baby brother so Mom can concentrate on tailoring. With 6 other children, simply attending class to […]
January 29, 2014–September 20, 2014 25 graduates The great success of Asamankese’s first project inspired us to train 25 more widows in this community. Attending the graduation of the first group confirmed that eager learners deserve an opportunity to become skilled tailors. Victory Baptist Church’s Pastor Bonsu and his team selected the class from their large widows group. In January Theo and Monica Asare, our Theovision partners, delivered 25 machines and the hard work began. Daughter Valerie Hogan and I traveled for the graduation in September with memories of the fashion shows presented by the first class. We were […]
Our first project in Albania is under way! What began as a trip to explore widows needs in 2014 has resulted in eager learners in Bathore. Our partner is Enkeleda Kumaraku, founder of Radio 7 in Tirana. Partnering through a church, these motivated women have great needs and have experienced great loss. With children to support and few opportunities in Bathore, which is on the outskirts of Tirana, they will learn quickly and have new opportunities in that capitol. “Albania’s beauty is beyond words. Mountains rising on either side of silver rivers, lush vineyards, roses of hews I’ve never seen […]
Partner: Compassion International: 20 Compassion International and Widow Connection brought widows from Anhwiam and Odoben villages together to participate in the widows` project to empower them with sewing livelihood skills. Twenty participants were selected from a list of over 100 widows from Odoben and over 30 from Anhwiam. After graduation, the twenty sewing machines that had been purchased for each of the trainees were handed over to the widows after undergoing the training successfully in addition to two sets of tailoring tools and hand washing sinks.
Partner: Compassion International: 20 April 18, 2013 Balloon arches and fabric banners decorating the graduation platform greeted us as we arrived to see 20 new tailor graduates receive their certificates and graduation machines. Seated across from the graduates were their dependents, children whose lives will be forever changed because their Moms now have a skill. What do these tailors do with their new skill? Widow Connection does not bring products back to sell. Their future is in the micro business they accomplish in their location. These tailors will make African clothing in their neighborhoods to sell or even barter […]
Mukhotwene Village 2011: Graduation During these three weeks in Africa, she took a bigger chunk of my heart and some soul as well. I’ve just returned from Mukhotwene Village, our first sewing project. The graduation ceremony was pure evidence that when God is in it, He completes it, blessing abundantly our efforts. Five of the women have achieved a level of skill to be certified, recognized tailors in Mozambique. Others made progress, and our prayer is that they will have the opportunity for more training. Progressing from making simple bags to school uniforms, which was their goal, they also received […]
Mathare Valley, Nairobi, Kenya Partner: Bright Hope International: 20 February 7, 2013 While only 10 widows participated in our first training session in Mathare Valley, the benefit to each of them was great. Yes, this was a challenging project. However, Mathare Valley is the poorest location where we have partnered. Through set backs and discouragements, the widows continued to show up. Sometimes that’s the greatest part of success–just showing up! Our Bright Hope partners were able to attend the graduation and reported that each graduate was transformed with pride in their new skill. Their displays of projects they completed demonstrated […]
Partner: Theovision : 24 April 17, 2013 What excitement to attend the graduation ceremony for 24 tailors! Daughter Valerie Hogan and I traveled with Theo and Monica Asare, our Theovision partners, to Asamankese. Greeted with singing, we were blessed to see the gradates in the front rows with tables before them of the clothing they’ve made. Its impossible to identify one highlight of the event. Three separate fashion parades gave the widows the opportunity to wear their first creation, a simple shift dress, their second creation demonstrating today’s popular garment styles, and finally, their favorite outfit they made for themselves. […]