AMAZON WOMEN'S SEWING PROJECT
In June 2007, Donna Tish learned of the need for sewing machines when she accompanied us on our trip to the jungle. She visited with Nila Flores, the Profesora at the 3-year program for sewing in Orellana. Prof. Flores explained that she is paid by the government to teach the classes, but they have no sewing machines on which to learn. There are currently 20 young women in the class, and they must practice on the the 2 machines in private homes.
In May that same year, the Miracles In Action gave us a grant of $600 to purchase machines and supplies for this program. Donna wanted to carry this forward and raised more than $2,600 for a total donation of 20 machines, one for each women.
Her goal: For every woman that finishes the 3-year program, they may keep the machine. This will enable them to keep their skills and make clothes for their family and to sell.
She feels that this will motivate the women to stay in the school. If a woman must drop out, then the machine will stay with the program and be given to another woman student.
DELIVERY DATE - MARCH 2008
Donations for the Amazon Women Sewing Project
can be sent to:
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
Donna and Renzo displaying new Singer sewing machine with help from the técnico at Orellana clinic.
Currently the Municipality of Orellana has constructed a special school to house the sewing classes and new machines, as well as other technical programs, such as woodworking, crafts and beauty school. We look forward to watching the progress of these programs and will keep this site updated.
New classroom housing machines
Receiving donation of fabric and supplies in April 2010 - and more were delivered in April 2011
Our teacher group receiving an award at a ceremony in Lima for the International Day of Women 2010, under poster "Women making a difference"
Profesora Silvia Olortegui displaying handiwork of students to Diana
The Canadian Women's Club of Lima, Peru donated monies for 6 specialty sewing machines, delivered in December 2010
Ladies from the Canadian Women's Club of Lima, Peru
Delivery of speciality machines
in December 2010.