Our Community Sustainability Department, which runs our Skills Training Programs, has continued to grow. Through our Skills Training Sewing Program, we have been producing school uniforms and graduation gowns for our students. We have also recently added the production of graduation gowns for some private Kenyan educational institutions. Additionally, new product lines have been added, fulfilling orders for private businesses of pencil cases and sanitary pad pouches. This year our team produced 600 heart-shaped pillows for Valentine’s Day for a local business.
These heart-shaped pillows were a first for our sewing team. This special order provided part-time work for several of our Chelezo High School alumni who assisted in stuffing the pillows and packing them for delivery, providing an additional source of income for all those involved.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” The joy found in hard work, in a job well done, in honest work that results in provision for one's loved ones, and becoming an active positive contributor to one's community, is universal. When our parents and community members in Mathare join one of our skills training programs, each of them desires to learn a skill so they can grow into fulfilling their roles as parents and guardians who can support their families and help their communities thrive. This Valentine’s day they took advantage of the opportunity offered to fulfill that desire.
It requires $20,000 a year to run our Community Development Program. If 50 people commit to giving $35 a month, we can offer an opportunity to our parents in taking meaningful steps toward financial independence.
Would you consider making a gift to eduKenya today to support our Community Development Program in their work to train and equip our alumni, parents, guardians, and community members in taking real steps towards financial stability?