Tailoring Training a Success

It started with the vision of teaching trades on the Hope Street campus, rather than sending our children to trade-school. Kids fresh off the street need a high level of mentoring, moral support, and patience – things that the school environment can’t always provide. At the start of this year the dream became a reality when a kiwi couple donated a treadle sewing machine.

Kids fresh off the street need a high level of mentoring, moral support, and patience – things that are hard to get in a school environment.

Those kids in our program who are less academically inclined now study tailoring full-time. Their daily routine involves basic numeracy and literacy classes so they can go on to work or set up their own business. In Aura, experienced tailors can earn enough to support a large family.

During the school holidays, all of our children (including those enrolled in school) attend tailoring activities. A couple of extra staff help out during these times and the Hope Street campus becomes a lively, fun hub of creative sewing.

We’ve been fortunate to have a fantastic sewing teacher join the team. Grace is a local woman who loves our children like her own. She teaches with a real enthusiasm which keeps the children interested.

With the tailoring program in place, our project cost per child have dropped as trade-school fees were hefty. We’re calling it a huge success! Now the team are ready for more sewing machines. Each one costs $250 NZD. To donate a sewing machine, click here.

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Tailoring class in progress.

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Completed sewing projects.

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The children wearing their completed clothes.




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