Every week, women gather to laugh, to learn, to sew. These women hail from far-flung corners of the globe such as Eritrea, Burma and Congo. They speak a variety of languages, they are a wide array of ages, they practice different faiths. Yet there is one thing in common. These women are refugees.
Refugees are people that have had to flee their homes because of extreme danger. Maybe it's because of religion or political opinion or ethnicity - the reasons vary but the stories all have a common theme: home wasn't safe for them and their families any more. These women have endured great trauma and upheaval. Yet they've endured and have now found a new home, a place of welcome and safety in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Our sewing classes are designed to provide a place of fellowship for these precious women, as well as to help them practice English with our American volunteers and learn a practical skill! More advanced students have opportunities to earn income through social enterprises such as Persona Grata Goods (which sprang out of this class) and partnerships with local churches and non-profits like Elevation Church and Amahora Burundi.
Now here's where you come in! While we provide free classes, it's our donors and volunteers that keep the doors open. You can support these precious refugee women in one of four ways:
Donate through Project 658 (our non-profit sponsor) to our sewing classes. When you give your gift, make sure it's earmarked to Make Welcome Refugee Sewing School;
Buy items from our Amazon wishlist;
Purchase items made by the ladies on the production team via the Persona Grata Goods Etsy store. As sales increase, the women are able to work more and earn more, thus providing for their families.
Finally, if you're a business owner who needs sewing work done, consider hiring seamstresses through us!
Thank you for supporting us as we seek to stand with refugees, loving them as Jesus does!