March 2018

Improving lives – the sewing machine project

Many girls miss out on an education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Butoke’s school is trying to help some young women who were unable to go to school as children by providing them with a vocational education. To this end, the £2400 you donated when Paul ran the Yorkshire marathon will be spent on sewing machines and related materials. The idea is to provide students with skills which will enable them to make a living by making and repairing clothes.

This new project provides women with a real opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and make a living.

The first batch of sewing machines have now arrived and are already proving popular.



BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane writes about the anger and anguish of villagers caught up in the latest spiral of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. BBC News27 March 2018


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