Many people want to make a difference in the lives of others but don’t know where to start. The issues going on around us range from helping survivors of tornadoes and floods here in the US to sending supplies to people around the world devastated by drought, starvation, earthquakes, and war.
Begin we must – or nothing gets done and no one gets help. That’s why I’m inviting you to join me in being somebody’s hero.
Once a year I help put together a fund raising event that supports The Empowering Women’s Future: AIDS Orphan Sewing Project in Tanzania, Africa.
Here’s what the AIDS Orphan Sewing Project does:
Without family, money, and skills, the girls orphaned by AIDS in Bukoba, Tanzania, were the perfect prey for those who would exploit them. Without outside intervention, these 15 to 20 year old girls were prime targets for human traffickers.
Many of the girls who come to the Sewing Project walk one to two hours each way — and one girl walks three hours.
During this training program, students are encouraged to bring to class orders from their village customers and to work on the clothing under the supervision of the instructor.
One of the major motivations for these girls to diligently study in the Sewing Project and to graduate is the prospect of creating an income to buy food for their family and to help educate their siblings.
Upon graduation, each girl is given a treadle sewing machine so she is fully independent. Several of the first graduates staff a store in town that sells their dresses and nightgowns. Occasionally, they receive a contract from the government to sew uniforms for children going to school.
Through the Sewing Project, more than fifty girls in their teens or early 20s now have a chance for a modest existence.
Here’s what you can do to be somebody’s hero:
Any donation you can give keeps one more orphaned girl out of the clutches of human trafficking, and opens the door to her becoming an independent adult capable of taking care of herself, and maybe even her siblings.
Make a secure donation online with PayPal to the AIDS Orphan Sewing Project.
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