Sewing for Independence
Organized by: Amanda Hitchins Lee
The CERBC, a small school and clinic in north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, provides education and vocational training for deaf, blind, and disabled children and young adults. This training allows graduates to find work, live independently, and provide for their families. One of the vocational tracks available at CERBC is tailoring/dressmaking. The students, most of whom are deaf, have been using a handful of 40-50 year old foot powered sewing machines, and rely on donations of supplies and cloth from the surrounding communities. We have several fundraising projects we hope to accomplish in the next few years, but one of the priorities is improving this popular program by funding new sewing machines, tables, and various supplies. The total cost for 10 new sewing machines, 2 large tables, chairs, and fabric and materials for the next school year is $2500. The CERBC is a registered non-profit non-governmental organization based in Aru, DR Congo. All funds are transferred directly from my account here in the states to the center's bank account in Uganda. All donors will receive an email when the project is completed with photos of their donation in action. All funds in excess of the fundraising goal will be allocated to tuition support for families unable to pay for their children to attend the school.