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Women's Empowerment Sewing Program

United Caribbean Trust has partnered with Pastor David Lotie Akondowi from House of Freedom, Tanzania to establish a Women's Empowerment Sewing Project.

"Sustainable development may be defined as 'development that meets the needs of the present without preventing future generations from meeting their own needs."

-Former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlen Brundtland in "Our Common Future"

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Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around.

United Caribbean Trust has partnered with Pastor David Lotie Akondowi from House of Freedom, Tanzania to establish a Women's Empowerment Sewing Project.

"In Tanzania we have a common saying which translated sounds like this ’educate a woman so that the entire society should benefit’. " Pastor Lottie

Pastor David with one of the graduates in her home Women's Empowerment Sewing Center House of Freedom. Tanzania Families have been changed

This women's empowerment program has been going now for four years - to God be the Glory.

He has been faithful in providing the funding required to continue this good work.

Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around.

Many now have jobs and are supporting their families. Praise God.

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This women's empowerment program has been going now for four years - to God be the Glory



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What a wonderful blessing to be able to enable this woman of God to purchase her own sewing maching.

What a wonderful blessing to be able to enable this woman of God to purchase her own sewing maching. She will now be able to extend the Woman's Empowerment Program by teaching other women in her home/office.

She is a Pastor and she has been trained in KIMI at the Mbeya KIMI leadership training that took place in February 2011 and is committed to helping us get the KIMI program into the local schools. Praise God. This is truly a combination of various ministries representing true unity.

Woman's lives have been turned around.

Suma (which means prayer) can now support her son and family instead of a life on the streets she is now a respectable home maker and supporter of her family. Bringing dignity and respect to her family.

She has also been trained in KIMI and is committed to helping us get the KIMI program into the local schools. Praise God.

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Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around. Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around. Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around.

The 2010 Women's Empowerment class with Jenny Tryhane the founder of UCT, the sponsors of this program.

The 2010 Women's Empowerment class with Jenny Tryhane the founder of UCT, the sponsors of this program.

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UCT Tanzania Women's Empowerment Program

Sewing School 2010

Monika Jackson, seen here with Pastor Lottie, failed to continue with her education however she has started the school here in the UCT Tanzania Women's Empowerment Program and she has already got a job offer in Dar es Salaam - so she is so glad.

Praise God may He open the window of Heaven and bless Monika.

CLICK to read more testimonies from this years students.

Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around. United Caribbean Trust has partnered with Pastor David Lotie Akondowi from House of Freedom, Tanzania to establish a Women's Empowerment Sewing Project. Many women have given their lives to Jesus and He has turned their lives around.
Now this graduate is able to sell her clothes in this shop in her local village.

Now this graduate is able to sell her clothes in this shop in her local village.

Now she says 'I can aford to drink tea!'


Graduation 2009

Seen below some of the women of that 2009 class with Stellah kneeling. Behind them is the room used for the Women's Empowerment class. Middle the same women taken in front of the church building and standing alone on the right is Stelah.

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Seen here Pastor Lottie handing out a gift to one of the graduates during the graduation day.

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Praise God for the new sewing machine

Seen here a brand new sewing machine which is used at school to train the women as well as in the Advance class where special African outfits are designed and made. There are very few such machines in our area so we are very glad to have one and grateful to all the people who support UCT.

Graduation 2008

The women are so happy with their sewing machine, it is the best one in the area. Pictured here in the center taken in the church with their teacher Stelah kneeling down.

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Graduation 2007

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From left Tumaini Mwakagi followed by Stellah (teacher) in the middle and Mama Ibu on the right watching their friends performing during the graduation. Tumaini is one of the people who helps us a lot in many ways including counseling the women and assisting in any disciplinarian procedure needed.

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Tanzania womens empowerment sewing ministry Seen here the class of 2007 with their teacher standing with her head covered.
We are grateful to the people and churches in Barbados that have enabled UCT to supply these machines and fund this class - to God be the glory.
Tanzania womens empowerment sewing ministry
"The major challenge with the child sponsorship programme is that although it covers school fees it does not extend to helping with the feeding and clothing of the child. Thus many families are unable to send their children to school.

If the sponsorship can first deal from within the home then many children will be able to be educated.
African children
Many of the local children live with either their helpless sisters, aunt, granny etc so if we can empowering these women who are taking care of them then we can achieve our goal. We have found that a widow woman who remains at home to care for the children, she is helpless and the children are hopeless. We must first address the home situation and then the education of her children.

If the UCT can first deal with the empowerment of these women who are taking care of them then this will bring a lot of change and development. In this case the sponsored child will study without thinking where will his/her next food going to come, in other words you have created a very good environment for this child to study".

Pastor Lotie Akondow

T o God be the glory.

Stella you have every reason to smile because God is smiling down on us.

UCT thanks all who sewed into this ministry enabling it to be established. 1 year scholarship costs US $30 per month

Seen below Stella and Mirriam in the factory with the UCT sewing machines - Praise God.

United Caribbean Trust has partnered with Pastor Lottie Akondowi from Tanzania in establishing a Women's Empowerment Sewing Project.

BUDGET

Sewing Machine $85
Table $15
Sewing Basket $5
Sewing Notions $10
Scissors $10
Thread & Bobbins $5
Measuring Tape $1
Needles - 12ct Package $10
Straight Pins 1 Pack $2.50
Safety Pins 1 Pack $2.50
Fabric per Yard $3

Teacher US $10 per month =US $120 per annum

Read a letter of prayer from Tanzania

Read a letter of thanks from one of the ladies already in the program.

Thank you Barbados read a letter from one of the Tanzanian ladies already in the program.

United Caribbean Trust - Tanzania Sewing Students

My name is Sella Yona.

I am so glad that I am one of the women who is privileged to be here in the sewing project where we are learning how to make outfit free of charge, now I feel like God has a purpose for even the poor people like me, I can now see that I am on the way towards helping take care of my old mother and paying the school fees for my young brothers and sisters. I count it as a favor which has come in due season from the Lord. Soon after I have known how to make the outfit for men and women I hope I will be able to make money to support my family. < Read more >

My name is Sala Mlelwa, I am so glad that I have been accepted in your UCT branch here in Tanzania as one of the women who is being trained how to make out fits. I feel like this is my only hope I thought that they could refuse me because I don’t know how to read and write but I have been accepted I truly see this as the hand of God in my life. I am also so interested with the way we are doing the training since early in the morning before we start the work we are having a short teaching and devotion this has really taught me that there is God who loves me. What I can tell you is I could not think that one day that I would really know how to make outfit for free since in many places it is very expensive but here we are being trained for free. On top of this when complete a work we are given a little money. I feel like it is something which will truly put my life in the position which I will be able to take care of my children especially now with my beloved child Fredy. < Click to learn more about this child and how you can help>

The Tanzania team plan to market the products through the schools in Tanzania and Liberty PVT school has already agreed to purchase school uniforms from the UCT -Tanzania Sewing Project

In the Caribbean UCT plans to promote the project through the schools in our region where children will be able to select styles and order outfits. These will be imported from Africa and sold at our 'Africa Appeal' outlets in Barbados.

Senator Lynette Eastmond, Barbados' Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development, speaking on September 2006 at a business seminar at United Nations (UN) House, in association with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), is of the view that the "synergies to be derived from Barbados' reconnection with Africa, have great potential for culture, the economy, trade and investment".

Senator Eastmond commented that as part of the foreign policy, "Barbados has set for itself a goal of reconnecting with the African continent". She shared several ways in which the current has achieved this goal.< Read more >

Donations can be made to:

UNITED CARIBBEAN TRUST BARBADOS BANK ACCOUNT:

First Caribbean International Bank Bds Ltd

Super Centre Complex, Warrens

St. Michael, Barbados

Account number 10001092544

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