Learning a practical skill to find and participate in meaningful work.

Darryl, a student in the Port-de-Paix sewing class, stitches a garment. Photo by Taylor Davis.

All people are made in the image of God - they have value and worth. Gifts and talents.

But in our world, not everyone gets the opportunity to use them. We’re changing that.

We’re giving Haitians the opportunity to learn how to sew - a valuable skill that can change their lives, and their families' lives, forever. 
 

Why Sewing
 

Sewing is a valuable, in-demand skill, that can lift Haitians out of poverty. There are very few sewing programs in Northwest Haiti, and ours are the only programs in our areas. Since all of the school uniforms in Haiti are handmade, this provides a good source of income for those with this specialized skill. In addition to school uniforms, there is demand for a variety of everyday and special occasion clothes and accessories.

To many, learning to sew is a doorway to a better life.  With this valuable skill, they can become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. The money they make can be used to feed their families, send their children to school, pay for medical treatment, provide safe homes for their families, and so much more.

 

Work is a gift, and it’s part of God’s plan.
 

We believe God designed people to work. Work is not a curse, but rather a way we experience purpose, meaning, and joy. It’s what we were created to do!

"When people seek to fulfill their callings by glorifying God in their work, praising Him for their gifts and abilities, and seeing both their efforts and its products as an offering, then work is an act of worship," Steve Corbett, author of "When Helping Hurts." Our sewing programs provide students with the practical skills, and the underpinning knowledge they need to find and participate in meaningful work to support themselves and their families. In other words, we're giving students a "hand up" not a "hand out."

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.
— Colossians 3:23