The ‘Pad’ and sewing project
The girls who go to high school can’t afford to go to sewing school.
Because they can’t afford the $5 per year to purchase the materials required.
Originally Leanne was asked to teach 6-8 girls from LCV to sew Personal Hygiene products for themselves, then propose a business plan to make more and on sell to women in the village.
From that discussion came communication from Margaret (manager LCV) from her husband (Headmaster Aipha Mpapa High School, Chikombedzi) who was interested in teaching 50 students at the high school.
The kit was based on ‘Days for Girls’ kits that are made by volunteers and sent to African countries.
Whilst visiting Chikombedzi Leanne discovered that many of the girls were not attending the sewing class because their parents could not afford US$3 per year for fabric that was needed to take the course.
Since then a Sewing Scholarship Fund has been established. Each scholarship holder will be provided with a sewing kit (scissors,pins, needles etc) and in their 2nd year a pre-cut sanitary hygiene kit.
A prize for the top student (Scholarship holder or not) in the final year is planned.
Guided by the headmaster, Mr Mutero (Margaret’s husband) the sewing project was designed so the students are held responsible for their contribution to the project and the standards of their work.
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