Men and women are learning to sew in Northwest Haiti.
Waves of Mercy - Port-de-Paix
Our Port-de-Paix sewing program is already in its third year! In our first year, two Haitian teachers taught 10 students (7 men and 3 women) basic sewing techniques using treadle sewing machines. Known as foot-pump sewing machines, these sewing machines don't require electricity, which is perfect since Haiti's power is often spotty.
We currently have 6 students enrolled in our third year, advanced sewing class. These students (all men) are learning advanced sewing techniques, and they're already earning extra income for themselves by sewing school uniforms and making alterations.
Northwest Haiti Christian Mission - Mole St. Nicolas
In April 2016, we began a new partnership with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission's Mole St. Nicolas campus to start a new sewing program there.
The class is now in its second year, and has one Haitian sewing teacher and 11 students, all of whom are women. The students are making a variety of clothes for both women and children.
In addition to learning a trade that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families, they also desire to make an impact in their community by sewing clothes for orphans, and for people who can't afford nice church clothes.