Will you send a widow to sewing school?

Dear Ones,

It’s Lory here.

I have been awake much of the night, thinking and praying and tossing and turning about how we can do more. How I can live with myself, in my comfortable life, while too many are suffering desperately.

Here is an email I received from Desalegn last night. He has found a way to send the FOVC widows to a sewing school. The school goes for three months. It is run by a Catholic organization that is only about a fifteen-minute drive from FOVC.

Hi dearest Lory,

I have been working to find more effective ways to teach Beauty and other widows how to prepare materials and how to sew it. Luckily, I found a wonderful Center which offers a short term sewing training in Boditti. Its monthly training fee is only 40 birr ($2.5 USD). It is very amazing for me Lory. The widows will have a good training and that will help them to change their lives completely, I believe that!!!

And Lory, I worked out the break down which is needed to teach a widow at the Center per month:

1. For training fee = 40 birr per month
2. For meals=12 birr per day (360 birr per month)
3. For transportation = 10 birr per day (300 birr per month)
4. Miscellaneous = 50 birr per month

So, we need 750 birr or ($45.5 USD) per month per widow to teach widows a life changing skill. And we need three months training for each widow. Before finding this cheapest and effective way, I was thinking to teach only Beauty. But as this is very cheap and effective, I think it is good if we teach all widows to have basic knowledge there in the Center. By the way the Training Center is Catholic based and it will offer good skills in how to prepare materials for sewing and how to sew it. Thank you so much for bringing this idea and you will see the impact and result which the sewing project will bring soon.
With much love in Christ,

FOVC currently serves eight widows. For $135, a short-term sponsor can send a widow to sewing school for three months. $135 will cover her tuition, transportation and meals.

If you know very much about the problems faced by orphans and widows in poor countries, you know that providing an education for the orphans is the key to lifting them out of poverty. And the key to giving the widows a hand up is to provide them with job skills. A widow in Ethiopia is typically responsible for four to ten people. But she has no means to earn an income. No social status. No help from the government.The churches have no means to help. The community is struggling to survive, so the neighbors can’t help. In the small villages where we work, there is no other NGO or NPO presence.

It’s up to us.

Please email me if you can sponsor a widow for this destiny-changing opportunity.

Because it’s up to us.
Kathy helps a baby put on a clean new shirt. Even though this baby is surrounded by adults, he is covered with flies.
Mom is so proud for her baby. These moms are me.

Gift of food that we delivered to each of the FOVC widows.

Another family stand back looking on. Looking in.

These kids are no different from our children...except they were born on the other side of the world.

After we delivered the food and prayed with the widows, we got into our car and drove away.



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One response to “Will you send a widow to sewing school?

  1. I just discovered your web-site and wanted to just share with you that I have had the dream to do something very similar to what you are doing only I wanted to teach young-unwed mothers how to sew – here in my community at first, but hopefully to expand it to other areas. When I go to visit relatives in rural areas in the United States I am so saddened and struck by how many young women have no skills and have barely finished high school. They immediately start having children and can not get jobs. I think if groups could form to teach these women some skills it could empower them and they could develop their own niche in their communities to do alterations, sell costumes, prom dresses, window treatments and more. Sewing is an industry that can take a person in so many different directions. I am just not sure how to get this started or how to even begin to get it rolling. Can you offer some insite or advice. I have thought about setting up a not for profit so I could qualify to receive funding, but don’t I need to have a thriving sewing school already established to show that there is interest and need for such an organization? That is what I am trying to do at the moment and have been offering classes and I’ve taught a few already. Getting the word out and advertising is tough (expensive), but that is the only way to really get to a larger audience. I have been just plugging along, getting fliers out here and there – thinking of new places to put fliers and advertising in as many local free event calendars as I can. Advertising advice would be appreciated too.

    I set up a blog (http://nacientneedle.wordpress.com) to try to hook up with other people interested in sewing and hand embroidery and needlework in general, but I am not finding very much out on the internet.

    Mary Ann Kronk
    Needle Arts Guild of Historic Hudson Valley
    Beacon, New York

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