Sewing – the grand art of repairing old clothes or even creating new ones. Talking about sewing makes me inevitably think of my grandmother. I would think of all the times my grandma patched up my ruined trousers after I had tripped and fallen on my knees. I was always fascinated by the fact that with only a needle and a thread she was able to fix my trousers.

For some people, sewing might be the most boring thing to do, while others consider sewing as the best hobby and passion in the world. But to our 13 participants of the training program by our partner organization Project Life Subic in the Philippines, sewing is more than just a hobby. It offers them a new start to a more self-determined life, giving them the opportunity to improve their current financial and living conditions.

Today, we live in an increasingly “disposable culture”. If you have a sock with a hole in it, you would rather go to a store and buy a new one, instead of patching it up. Some people do not have the financial resources to do so, apart from the fact that limitless consumption is harming our environment. By becoming a seamstress, the participants of the program learn how to fix and re-use old cloth and fabric.
This time, Project Life Subic welcomed 13 women to their sewing training:

Zorahayda Cortes (32 years old), married, 1 child

Mercy Camacho (47 years old), married, 2 children

Cyrene Cabigayan (33 years old), married, 2 children

Maricel Edora (38 years old) single parent, 1 child

Estela N. Giray (45 years old), single parent, 7 children

Gennelyn J. Gallardo (48 years old), married, 6 children

Julieta V. Garcia (50 years old), married, 1 child

Azenith L. Isidoro (37 years old), single parent, 3 children

Ariel S. Jarobel (23 years old), single, no children

Leonor Y. Nacor (35 years old), single parent, 2 children

Caridad M. Pasamonte (53 years old), married, 4 children

Esperanza P. Pegad (43 years old), single parent, 4 children

Amy del Pilar Reglos (47 years old), single parent, 1 child

Some of these women came with the aim of learning how to make clothes for their children. Being a single parent is not easy, let alone having to take care of six children on your own like Gennelyn. The 48 years old participant is happy about her newly acquired skills. Now she does not have to worry about her children going to school with worn-out clothes. Quite the contrary, she is already excited to create new clothing for her children.

But sewing skills are not the only skills our participants gained. Some women profited from the training in another way. “I learned how to bring myself out and boost my confidence with the help of Project Life Subic”, recounted Maricel. Becoming a seamstress makes them grow as a person. By offering this program, we want to shape the future of people in need in a better way- and you can be part of that! Just a small donation can make a massive difference and enables us to assist even more people to shape the future they choose for themselves.

Author: Annika