I love it when “shopping” becomes part of my job!
A few months ago I was asked to go and purchase fabric from the day market suitable for making some fitted sheets for the girls’ and boys’ rooms at ZOE Children’s Homes.
I was so excited!
Taking my assistant Dave (my husband), to carry the heavy load, we set out on our mission.
We didn’t realize at the time but after purchasing 200 meters (218 yards) of material, they gave it to us all folded up. We decided that we really wanted it all on rolls so that night we got started ... rolling fabric! And we rolled and rolled! After a few hours, we realized 200 meters is a LOT of fabric!
With the sewing room now in full swing and lots of new material to play with, the vocational classes are going to have a lot of fun!
We recently had a short-term team here at ZOE from Evergreen SGV. Some of the wonderful women on the team were able to run sewing classes for the ministry school students, parents, staff, children and youth.
The skills that are developing through having a sewing room and the machines available to use are invaluable.
Learning to sew is a skill that even children and teenagers can be taught. Sewing can develop into a hobby or even a life-long passion. Learning to sew develops a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with being able to make something on your own and one of the biggest benefits of learning to sew is the fact that it is teaching our young people at ZOE to become more self-reliant.
P.S. We also have a traditional Karen tribe loom at ZOE and the clothes and bags being made on it are just amazing!