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Helping Heroes stands as a dedicated charity, passionately committed to empowering single mother business owners in developing nations. For over a decade, we’ve channeled tens of thousands of dollars to renowned organizations like FINCA, KIVA, and Women for Women, facilitating both donations and micro-loans. 

The Sewing School Project

School Rental

$80 – $100 / month

Congo, Bukavu

Certification

$12,000 USD / year

Per Program

Students to Enroll

$12,000 USD / year

20 Single Mothers

Sewing Machines

$125 – $250 USD / each

Need: 16+

Living Cost

$1.50 USD / day

Feeding families of ~5

The Program

Due to the recent challenges of the pandemic, the school had to temporarily close. Prior to the pandemic, the school has seen 28 successful graduates with an additional 22 students having completed the first semester. To date, this program has run in completion for one graduating class. The facility is in Bakavu and has reopened its doors to 20 students in September 2022.

Certification

The program consists of two six-month semesters. The students train on weekdays, for seven hours, from 8am to 3pm. At 12 months, the students complete a skills exam to graduate. In the first six months of the program, students will learn the following skills:

Measurements

Cutting Material

Blackboard Teaching

Machine Teaching

After the first six months, as they enter phase two, students will take comprehensive examples. These examples include dress creation and modelling in addition to a certification which allows them to move towards graduation. Similar to most education programs, the training is quite vigorous, preventing many mothers from working outside their schooling.

Applicants

Paster Floribert, the director of the school, has been faced with the difficult challenge of turning women away from the program. Why? High demand for the program and not enough funding. not every student has access to their own sewing machine.

Mateirals

The program utlizes both new and used sewing machines. Currenlty, 4-6 women work in groups sharing one single machine. The sewing machine in not only a training tool but a source of income for these women both during the program and upon graduation. Access to additional sewuing machines for students to be able to work with their own instrument is essential to their livelihood after graduation.

Students who are particularly gifted with their skills are offered the opportunity to keep their machine. When they have their own machine, they can teach others in the community who are unable to attend the school. Preference for students keeping the sewing machine is given to those located in safer areas to ensure the machine is not stolen or damaged.

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Number of grads who don’t have machines

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Number of machines being used for training in the school

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Number of grads sharing one sewing machine

The Impact

Having sewing skills provides life-changing impacts for mothers and their children. Being able to sew and subsequently sell their products generates an income that will allow the mother to both feed and clothe their children, a luxury for those living in poverty. Those who successfully complete the program are able to teach others how to sew, indirectly bolstering the economy.

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