Send Melinda to Zambia
Organized by: Melinda Schlimmer
This June, I'm travelling to Zambia to help train African women to sew needed items that will directly impact their community. This year's project? Sewing washable baby diapers and feminine hygiene products - which are ridiculously practical given Zambia's limited garbage infrastructure. I'm a stitcher by trade, and I'm really excited to help make a (tiny, real) difference in African women's lives, but I need your help with the $3100 travel/lodging/eatables cost of the trip.
The trip is organized through Sew Powerful, an American charity that works directly with a local Zambian organization, Esther’s Needs Care Center. Together, they train Zambian women in sewing – and sales!
This trip is unique for a couple reasons: first, Sew Powerful teaches women to sew items that will impact their communities directly, rather than items that will get exported to other parts of the world. They also help women learn the business skills they need to supplement their income with sewing.
Second, I believe this trip is a great way to take small, but real, steps in empowering women to be able to live better lives – to help provide for their families in poverty-ridden areas – to help girls stay in school during their periods, and learn all they can. I may not be able to make much of a difference – but I want to do what I can, both here in the US and in Zambia.
The total cost of this trip is $3100 -- and that includes everything: airfare, food, lodging, transportation. (Not souvenirs!) Any money I raise above the actual cost of the trip, I will give directly to Sew Powerful, to help continue the work that’s going on in Lusaka.
Thanks again, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me in this. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity to take tiny, but real, steps in making the world a better place for these women.