When Jessica hosted the sewing intro meeting. She asked who would want to begin sewing the following week. The girls lined up to sign up with Jessica. Before she knew it there were 21 girls signed up. From 6 the year before to 21. It was unimaginable. Growing the program, educating more girls, Empowerment is what it's all about. We were so happy!
"ok, now let's do silly"
The Sewing Intro Meeting
Jessica held a sewing intro meeting for those interested in sewing for the 2016 sewing year. Jessica was explaining the projects for the year.
Jessica preparing the certificates to pass out to the girls who sewed from the year before.
Misgana graduated from the SLC and is now in high school. She came back on a Saturday to receive her certification and pay.
Bethlehem receiving her certificate and pay
The first round was completed and Bethlehem received her pay for the amount of her scarves that sold.
Hawi receiving her pay
We are so proud of this student leader!
Misgana receiving her certificate.
Fun fact: Misgana is the principal's daughter.
Had to catch up with Tizita at Elpis International
Strike a pose
Bethlehem, Mihret, Misgana, Loyid, Dibora
The smile on Tersa's face when receiving her pay is irreplaceable. We love seeing her joy!
Checking on what we have and what we need.
Jessica and Sinafekesh
A quiet but special soul.
On Saturday Jessica wore on of the scarves that Hawi had made the year before. These two are the best of friends.
Cutting material is an important process. We try to use as much as possible so we have minimal fabric waste.
Somehow our sewing classroom got a little full.
We all walked through how to create a scarf together. Learning and watching.
Misgana and Jessica teaching the other girls
Friwot and Mahelet
Meron, Dibora, Marshet, Biruktawit
Meaza is the Principal of the Sitota Learning Center. She has a heart for all of the kids and their education. She loved the kimonos so we gave her the tester one. Match with her!
Mahelet, Yegetansh, Yeabsra, Eledana
Girls at work
Chillin with the girls
Friendships to last a lifetime
Up close and personal
Check out Misgana's smile
Mekdes and Mahelet working together
Hana and Meron pinning
This was their first time pinning a scarf.
The older girls working on kimonos
Same girls, new projects!
Tersa replacing the bobbin
A common occurrence when sewing.
Yegetansh being silly
Dibora hugging Marshet. This program provides growth for beautiful friendships.
Tizita and Hawi
Friends help friends create kimonos
Who even took this picture??
But it's super cute.
Check out all those scarves
All of those scarves were made on the 2016 trip by the new sewing class. We are so proud
Got in a scary situation on the way home. Happy we made it back to the USA